The Okhotnik heavy attack unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), believed to be the wingman of the Russian fifth generation Su-57 fighter, will eventually be equipped with an artificial intelligence (AI) system that will provide it with a high degree of autonomy. A similar assessment of the UAV for Forbes was given by American analyst Samuel Bendett.
According to him, the “Okhotnik” “should be capable of autonomously hitting stationary and mobile ground targets with previously known coordinates, including when receiving external target designation in the air.”
The expert is confident that the development of the slave Su-57 “is under close supervision [of the Russian Ministry of Defense] to ensure results are on schedule and even ahead of schedule.”
Thus, the publication commented on the January message of RIA Novosti about the tests of the “Okhotnik”, during which the latter struck a bomb attack on a ground target.
In November, the agency, citing a source in the military-industrial complex, reported that the Okhotnik was first tested with missiles.
In August, the head of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), Yuri Slyusar, said that the Russian Ministry of Defense would begin to receive serial heavy strike-reconnaissance stealth drones “Okhotnik” from 2024.
In September 2019, the Ministry of Defense showed the first joint flight of the Hunter and the Su-57.
In October 2017, Bendett said that Russian developments in military unmanned aerial vehicles lagged behind similar foreign projects, in particular Chinese, Iranian, Turkish, American and Israeli.