Russia’s stealth drone…The Skat

Only Russia could name a stealth drone “Skat”….apparently it is the russian word for stingray.

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Pictures showing mock-ups of the stealthy-looking unmanned jet have been circulating for years. (We’ve got to say, it’s pretty ugly compared to its AmericanFrenchBritish, and even Chinese counterparts.)

After years of showing off the mock-up, MiG signed a contract with Russia’s Ministry of Trade and Industry on May 15 to develop an Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle based on the Skat design — that’s a fancy way of saying a stealthy killer drone. 

Like its fellow batwing-shaped drones around the globe, the new Russian drone is meant to flyautonomously, slip past enemy radars, and take out ground targets such as surface to air missiles — thereby kicking in the door for manned aircraft with larger payloads and bigger targets.

According to Russia’s state-owned Ria Novosti news agency:

Skat is designed to carry out strike missions on stationary targets, especially air defense systems in high-threat areas, as well as mobile land and sea targets.

Skat will operate in autonomous modes as well as in conjunction with other manned systems, MiG says.

A “flying wing” design, Skat has a projected weight of 10 tons, a two-ton payload, a range of 2,500 miles (4,000 km), a speed of 500 mph (800 km/h) and a ceiling of 36,000 feet (12,000 m).

Russia’s stealth drone program is way behind that of the stealth drone-building nations listed above. While the U.S. has been flying such planes for over a decade and French, British and Chinese designs are flying or about to, the Skat isn’t even past the mock-up phase. Just today Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said today that Russian-made UAV are inferior to their foreign counterparts, according to another RIA Novosti article.

“This is due to the technological backwardness of enterprises, weak organization of state contract fulfillment and a shortage of skilled personnel,” the news agency quotes Shoigu as saying.


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