Vladimir Putin’s Russian Defence Minister released the video displaying the flying capabilities of their latest stealth drone in a video that sees the aircraft take off quickly and ascend rapidly. It also shows the aircraft making sharp turns and manoeuvres while in the air before descending again onto the runway. The Sukhoi-built ‘Okhotnik” (Hunter) aircraft made its maiden flight last week.
While the drones properties remain classified, it is believed that it will have a takeoff weight of an estimated 20-25 tons and operate at a supersonic speed of 1,400km/h (870mph).
The aircraft is expected to come equipped with not only weapons but surveillance equipment.
Donald Trump’s administration has also been showcasing their military prowess this week.
Washington has reportedly developed a deadly new long-range hypersonic missile which could be a game-changer in the ongoing arms race with Russia and China.
The US President may still be on a golfing trip, but back home a key weapons developer is set to release a new hypersonic missile which could counter Russia’s efficient S-400 systems.
The Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW) was announced this week after the group had worked closely with the US Army to develop the technology.
It is set to be a huge upgrade on the Tomahawk cruise missiles used in Syria last year.
According to a document detailing the weapon seen by Defense Blog, the mobility of the LRHW is part of a wider strategy to expand and modernise US military technology.
Hypersonic missiles are missiles which can travel faster than Mach 5. Mach 1 is the speed of sound – 767mph – and anything travelling faster than that would break the sound barrier, creating an audible sonic boom.
Mach 2 is double that and so on.
Mach 5 missiles can travel at a staggering 3,836mph – more than six times the speed of a standard passenger jet.
A British Mach 5 missile could travel from the UK to Moscow, roughly 1,500 miles away, in less than half an hour.