Russian S-70 will fly in the perfect vacuum beyond Earth – Russia

MOSCOW ($1=70.72 Russian Rubles) — The Russian historian Mr. Yuri Knutov makes a short retrospective of the first Russian stealth drone S-70 Okhotnik. In the middle of this December, he gave a short interview to the Russian media Izvestia. He was asked to give more details about the S-70 drone.

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Mr. Knutov says that the “hunter” is designed to have a low radar signature, ie. stealth, develop supersonic speed and fly at very high altitudes. Regarding his last statement, Mr. Knutov says that the S-70 Okhotnik will fly to outer space in the future. This will be possible with the development of new engines, says the historian.

In general, Mr. Yuri Knutov says things that are not “new in Russian claims”. For years, Moscow has praised the drone, which so far has only one test flight in 2019. One can assume that such claims are more PR stunts than a thorough analysis of the S-70’s capabilities. Something like a practice among “Russian experts” is more to praise a product that has not yet been adopted into service than to do so after it has been accepted into service.

Knutov even says that the Americans, as well as the NATO forces, do not yet have “such technology”. The results achieved by the S-70 have no analogs. According to him, the US wanted to do something similar, but then the attempts stopped “because they did not cope with the technical task they were facing.”

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The definition of open space is still being blurred among space experts, analysts, and practitioners. Generally speaking, it is the space outside the Earth that is characterized by a near-perfect vacuum. Outer space contains a low density and is saturated with several particles. Among them are hydrogen and helium, as well as electromagnetic radiation, magnetic fields, neutrinos, dust, and cosmic rays.

Mr. Yuriy Knutov has experience in military affairs. Today he is the director of the Air Defense Museum. Born in 1958 in the Russian city of Orel, he later graduated from the Leningrad Higher Military-Political School for Air Defense. He has a rich military career reaching the rank of colonel. He currently holds the rank of a retired colonel. Mr. Knutov has been awarded many times. He has several medals from the Ministry of Defense of Russia, as well as the Order of Merit to the Fatherland medal.

Mr. Knutov says that the S-70 will be able to perform air defense tasks. S-70 has technical characteristics, almost unattainable by its Western competitors, he said. According to him, the S-70 will be able to control a swarm of drones. He also says that the S-70 will fly as a loyal wingman to the Su-57. In fact, the latter claim was already tested in Russia when the S-70 flew alongside the Su-57 in 2019.

The drone is still under development. Mr. Knutov may have inside information on S-70 capabilities. Russia announced some time ago that in 2024 the S-70 will be officially presented to the world. There are currently two flying prototypes currently undergoing ground testing.

The drone is a joint development between the two most successful Russian companies in the production of combat aircraft – Mikoyan and Sukhoi. In 2020, one of the two prototypes is said to have been deployed to Syria for testing in a real combat environment. It even carried out an attack on targets in Syria, but this information has no confirmation, neither from Russia, nor from Syria, but in the realm of conjecture.

S-70 Okhotnik will fly in the perfect vacuum beyond Earth - Russia
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RIA Novosti said in September this year that the S-70 Okhotnik conducted a second flight test during which the drone fired several surface-to-air missiles. This claim again remains unconfirmed, neither by Russia nor by Western observers who, since the beginning of the war with Ukraine, have followed much more closely Russia’s actions, including the military flight range inside the country.

Western media are also following the development of the Russian stealth drone. Some claim that the flight test with rocket firing was carried out much earlier. Since the war with Ukraine began, some military researchers have wondered whether Russia could use, or has already used, one of the two flying prototypes in Ukraine? At the moment, there is no official confirmation from the Kremlin either. There are only official confirmations [from the Minister of Defense] of strikes beyond visual range, but from another new aircraft of the Russian Air Force – Sukhoi Su-57 Felon.

It should be noted that Western military analysts and experts giving interviews and opinions on the Russian drone refrain from criticism at this time. This may be because Russia has not yet fully developed the drone and does not provide full information about its capabilities.

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According to the information available from open sources [which cannot be officially confirmed yet], the Russian S-70 Okhotnik moe takes off with a maximum payload of 25,000 kg. The maximum operational range will be 6,000 km, and the maximum speed at which it will fly is supposed to be in the range of 1,000 km/h.

It is powered by a Saturn AL-41F derivative engine without an afterburner and without thrust vectoring but may be replaced in the future. Interestingly, this engine was created specifically for a little-known Russian combat aircraft – the Mikoyan Project 1.44. This plane has another name – Flatpack. Project 1.44 was a multirole fighter technology demonstrator developed by the Mikoyan design bureau.

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