First Joint Flight of Russian Attack Drone; China Sees Threat in India-S Korea Defence Partnership

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Russia’s latest attack drone performs 1st joint flight with Su-57 fifth-generation plane

Russia’s latest Okhotnik (Hunter) heavy attack drone has performed its first flight with the most advanced Su-57 fighter jet, the Defense Ministry announced on Friday.

“The Okhotnik unmanned aerial vehicle has performed its first joint flight with a fifth-generation Su-57 plane,” the ministry said.

The flight was conducted in the automated mode. “As part of the ongoing test program, the Okhotnik drone performed a flight in the automated mode in its full configuration, entering the airborne alert area,” the ministry said. During the flight, the drone and the Su-57 fighter practiced interaction “to broaden the fighter’s radar coverage and to provide target acquisition for employing air-launched weapons,” the ministry added.

The joint flight of the latest drone and the fifth-generation fighter jet lasted more than 30 minutes. The drone’s tests are being held at a testing aerodrome of the Defense Ministry, the ministry specified.

The office of Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told TASS at the MAKS-2019 international aerospace show in August that the serial deliveries of the latest heavy attack drone Okhotnik to the troops would begin in 2025. The tests of the Okhotnik drone in its attack modification with various armament would be held in 2023-2024, it reported.

India-South Korea defence partnership worries China

China has stated that it is vigilant to growing India-S Korea defence cooperation and expressed concern that this partnership could be a threat to the country’s periphery, The Ecomonic Times reported.

An important state-run Chinese English daily has cautioned that India has tried to win over Southeast Asian countries and move toward a multilateral defence.

“It recently conducted joint maritime exercises with Singapore and Thailand. Incorporating South Korea into this mechanism is a potential threat to China’s peripheral security, warned the state sponsored media,” according to The Global Times article titled ‘China should remain alert to India-South Korea security cooperation’.

These views expressed by The Global Times are significant in the backdrop of the recent defence pacts between India and South Korea and South Korean firm entering the fray for submarines in India.

“This Seoul-New Delhi defence cooperation has moved forward as a result of their national strategies and external factors. The Indian Ocean is South Korea’s energy import route from the Middle East. To ensure transport security, Seoul must enhance joint escort operations with India,” said The Global Times.

“Two strategic considerations define India’s security cooperation with South Korea. First, New Delhi hopes to get more involved in Northeast Asian issues while expanding regional influence. Developing all-round cooperation with South Korea is conducive to India’s involvement in Northeast Asia. Second, New Delhi wants to seek Seoul’s cooperation in addressing the “China threat”. How far can Seoul-New Delhi security cooperation progress? To some extent this is influenced by Seoul-Tokyo and Seoul-Beijing ties,” suggested the article.

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Source: TASS, The Economic Times