Last summer, the world got its first glimpses of a massive, 20-ton stealth drone fighter being developed by Russia when defense industry sources passed them along to the Russian state-owned news outlet TASS.
Though the aircraft (shown above) â€œhas not yet taken full shape, its main features are already known,â€ a defense official told the newswire.
Since TASS is completely run by the Kremlin, itâ€™s safe to say that the images were â€˜leakedâ€™ on purpose.
The defense official noted further:
â€œFirst of all, it should be unmanned and capable of performing any combat task in an autonomous regime. In this sense, the stealth drone will become the prototype of the sixth generation fighter jet,â€™ the source said, adding that the drone will be able to â€œtake off, fulfill its objectives and return to the airfield.â€
â€œHowever, it will not receive the function of decision-making regarding the use of weapons â€“ this will be decided by a human,â€ he said.
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