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Russia's combat drone Okhotnik-B goes for maiden flight

Russian Defense Ministry released the video footage, showing the brand new aircraft in the air; the flight took place August 3
15:38, 8 August 2019

Okhotnik-B
The National Interest

Okhotnik-B, the Russian combat drone took off for its first flight on August 3. Russia's Armed Forces showcased the UAV, releasing a video of its first flight. The Aviationist reported that on August 8.

The first blurry images of the Okhotnik-B drone appeared on Jan. 23, 2019 on a Russian aviation website. The photos depict a tractor towing the apparently roughly 50-foot-wide unmanned aerial vehicle along a snow-ringed runway at an airfield in Novosibirsk in southern Russia.

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Watch the video from the Russian Defense Ministry's Youtube channel:

A flying wing similar in shape to the U.S. Air Force's B-2 stealth bomber, Okhotnik-B—that means "hunter" in Russian—in theory could penetrate enemy defenses to deliver ordnance.

Okhotnik is in the same class as China's Tian Ying drone, the U.S. Air Force's RQ-170 surveillance unmanned aerial vehicle, the U.S. Navy's experimental X-47B UAV and Boeing's X-45C drone demonstrator.

Related: Turkish drone Bayraktar TB2 passes successful trial in Ukraine

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