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Lockheed Martin began development of a new reconnaissance and strike UAV, similar to the Russian S-70 "Hunter"

Lockheed Martin began development of a new reconnaissance and strike UAV, similar to the Russian S-70 «Hunter»The United States began the development of a new reconnaissance and strike drone, capable of operating in conjunction with fifth-generation F-35 fighters. The work is being done by Lockheed Martin Corporation..

The American company released a promotional video with a new drone, which in the future should replace the MQ-9 Reaper reconnaissance and strike drones in the US Armed Forces, being the main UAVs, used by the US military.

Judging from the video, the new UAV will be radically different from those currently used. Created according to the scheme “flying wing” American drone is somewhat reminiscent of the Russian S-70 UAV “Hunter”, which should enter service with the Russian Armed Forces in 2024 year. The video shows the joint work of the drone with F-35 fighters, and he acted as a scout, giving target designation by fighters to ground installations, and struck at the identified targets independently.

At what stage are the works unknown, in the video, the drone is created using computer graphics. So far, there have been no official announcements on this topic..

The development of a new reconnaissance and strike drone does not mean, that the US will abandon the old and proven MQ-9 Reaper UAVs, conversely, the US Army and Navy are expecting new versions of the drone to arrive soon.

by the way, wants to get MQ-9 Reaper and Kyiv, has repeatedly requested the supply of these drones from Washington. However, US laws prohibit the supply “advanced technologies”, including drones, non-NATO countries.

As previously reported, the drone is equipped with a turboprop engine. According to General Atomics, Reaper, which became the main shock UAV of the USA, has a flight duration of more than 27 hours, top speed up to 400 km/h and cruising up to 250 kmh, ceiling up 15 km and carrying capacity 1740 kg at 6 suspension points.

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