Russia To Field Long-Range Attack Drones In 2021
State media announced Wednesday that Russia’s armed forced would field long-range armed drones in 2021. This in in addition to the S-70 Okhotnik heavy strike drone which is now due in 2024, a year earlier than originally planned. This suggests an increased focus on arming unmanned systems at the cutting edge – a few months after Turkish drones chewed up Russian-made air defenses in Syria.
“Next year, the troops will start receiving multi-purpose long-range unmanned aerial vehicles, capable not only of conducting aerial survey but also of striking enemy facilities with high-precision projectiles," said Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Russia’s Aerospace Forces Lt. Gen. Sergei Dronov, quoted in TASS.