Published On: Thu, Oct 3rd, 2019

WW3 alert: Russia expands military with new ‘Hunter’ stealth drone that rivals US | World | News

The Russian Defence Ministry has released footage of the first test flight of its newest stealth drone, the Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik. A video shows the drone, also known as ‘Hunter’, flying alongside a Su-57 fighter jet and performing manoeuvres. The test flight reportedly took place at a testing aerodrome of the Defence Ministry, according to Russia news agency TASS.

The Defence Ministry claimed the new drone was controlled in an automated mode.

The stealth drone resembles the US’ Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel, which is also an unmanned aerial vehicle.

The ministry claimed the drone and Su-57 fighter jet interacted through their computer systems “to broaden the fighter’s radar coverage and to provide target acquisition for employing air-launched weapons”.

The Russian Defence Ministry added: “As part of the ongoing test program, the Okhotnik drone performed a flight in the automated mode in its full configuration, entering the airborne alert area.”

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The test flight comes as Russian President Vladimir Putin pressures US President Donald Trump by agreeing new nuclear and trade ties with Cuba, defying Washington sanctions.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev arrives in Cuba this Thursday, at a time when the island is going through a new economic crisis while under new pressure from the United States.

Havana has been crippled by US sanctions intended to stop third parties from doing business with the Caribbean island or shipping fuel to the country amid the crisis.

With Cuba in a desperate situation, depleted of oil and struggling to power the country, Putin has agreed a nuclear pact and new trade ties with Havana in an effort to further undermine Trump.

The Russian Prime Minister’s meeting with the Cuban President coincides with toughening US sanctions.

Cuba produces around 42,000 barrels of oil a day, but it has a daily deficit of 62,000 barrels that is filled primarily by Venezuela, also a close partner of Russia.

Shortages have provoked long lines at petrol stations, problems with public transportation and increased use of animal-powered vehicles.

There have also been prolonged shortages of food and other goods.

Washington’s stated objective is to suffocate the island economically, pressuring for a change to Cuba’s political system and, in addition, sap Venezuela’s socialist government of an ally.

Aside from the Americas, Putin has also caused Trump grief in NATO – selling missiles to supposed US allies Turkey, and also in Syria where US objectives to challenge the regime of Bashar al Assad have been scuppered by Putin backing.

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