Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation

12/14/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/14/2021 06:11

Deputy Minister of Defence AlexeyKrivoruchko inspected the Novosibirsk Chkalov Aviation Plant

14.12.2021 (13:30)

During a working trip to Novosibirsk, Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexei Krivoruchko checked the progress of the state defence order at the Chkalov Aviation Plant. At the enterprise, he was shown the roll-out of the first flight sample of the S-70 Okhotnik unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), as well as the process of assembly production of the second flight copy.

"The UAV is a highly intelligent system and is capable of solving a wide range of tasks singly, in a group and together with manned aircraft. Advanced achievements of enterprises and organizations of the domestic defence industrial complex are concentrated in the UAV, which made it possible to provide functionality that is not inferior, but in a number of parameters surpassing the few (single) foreign analogues," Alexey Krivoruchko added.

The Deputy Minister also held a meeting with the management of PJSC Chkalov NAP and discussed the execution of state contracts. "Only countries with a developed aviation industry are capable of producing UAVs of this class, providing a full development cycle from design to manufacture and conducting all types of tests. As well as the development and production of all necessary ground and on-board equipment. Unmanned aerial vehicles of this class cannot be assembled from components available on the market like, say, a number of foreign analogues," said Alexey Krivoruchko.

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The Okhotnik attack unmanned aerial vehicle was developed at the Sukhoi Design Bureau. Its length is 14 m, wingspan is 19 m, take-off weight is more than 20 tons. The drone was made according to the "flying wing" scheme using materials that reduce radar visibility.