The Russian heavy drone drone Hunter, considered the stealth slave of the fifth generation fighter Su-57, was first tested with missiles.
According to him, the UAV with functional simulators of guided missiles of air-to-air class climbed into the air at the military airfield of the Russian Air Force Training and Combat Application Center, located at the Ashuluk range in the Astrakhan region.
The interlocutor specified that such missiles are equipped with infrared and radar homing heads, but lack an engine and a combat unit. “Such missiles in combat version are designed to hit other aircraft,” the interlocutor said.
The source added that the recent tests “will make it possible to assess the interfacing of onboard electronic equipment of the drone with missile guidance systems and the leading Su-57 aircraft”.
In August, the head of the United Aircraft Corporation, Yuri Slyusar, said that the Russian Ministry of Defense would start receiving serial heavy shock and reconnaissance stealth drones “Hunter” from 2024.
In September 2019 the Ministry of Defense showed the first joint flight of “Hunter” and Su-57.
In August of the same year at the International Aviation and Space Salon 2019 (MAKS-2019) “Sukhoi” presented a model of the “Hunter”, different from the ongoing test flight specimen with a flat nozzle.
At the same time, Vice-Premier Yuri Borisov stated that the Hunter will be tested for the next two or three years, and after 2024 the UAV “will go into series”.