Russia Lags in Drone Tech

Won't be ready for combat use until 2040.


The Russian military will acquire long-range, presumably jet-powered strike drones to help replace its arsenal of decrepit Cold War-era Tupolev heavy bombers, according to Moscow's long-range aviation commander, Lt. Gen. Anatoly Zhikharev.

Just one problem: The new drones won't be ready for combat until 2040 at the earliest, Zhikharev told Russian news agency RIA Novosti. That's a full two decades after the U.S. plans to deploy its own jet-propelled, armed unmanned aerial vehicles.