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MW: "Energy cannon" will make the Su-57 and MiG-41 even more dangerous


The Russians are working hard to upgrade their latest fifth-generation Su-57 fighter and transform it into an even more advanced sixth-generation combat aircraft. They are testing various weapons systems and on-board systems - from hypersonic ballistic missiles and laser weapons to artificial intelligence and remote piloting, writes the American edition of Military Watch.


More recently, there have been signs that Russia is developing directed energy weapons. In July 2020, the Russian media reported on the tests of the "EMP cannon" (electromagnetic pulse).

The main means of generating such pulses is to detonate a nuclear weapon, although non-nuclear EMP weapons have been deployed in a number of countries using technologies such as a microwave generator. Such installations, "microwave ovens", have a much shorter range than nuclear EMP, but can seriously affect electrical devices.

The development of an "energy cannon" will allow Russia to acquire potentially revolutionary weapons that can be used against a wide variety of targets. It will make the existing Su-57 and the future MiG-41 even more dangerous for the enemy.

A less powerful EMP cannon can be used as a good defense against UAVs and drones. Western countries are developing a new generation of weapons and are increasingly relying on unmanned vehicles ranging from surface combatants to reconnaissance aircraft. Depending on how cost-effectively Russia can create its directed energy weapons, it can be integrated into a wide range of platforms - from short-range air defense to old fourth-generation fighters, summed up the media from the United States.

 

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The project of the unmanned complex of group use "Lightning" (topwar.ru)

One way or another, the presented layout looks like a cruise missile, and its appearance speaks of the use of stealth technologies. The aircraft is built according to a normal scheme, it has a wing that can be folded in flight and a V-shaped tail. The fuselage received a curved top surface and an almost flat bottom. The design of the bow indicates the use of a radio-transparent fairing. An air intake recessed into the fuselage is provided in the central part of the product. The nozzle is flat with a V-shaped cut.

According to the source of RIA Novosti, the length of the Molniya vehicle will reach 1,5 m, and the wingspan will be 1,2 m. The weight of the product has not been disclosed, but the payload is indicated at the level of 5-7 kg. UAVs of this appearance can be transported by different carrier aircraft. In particular, it will be able to fit into the internal compartments of the Su-57 fighter.

According to the same source, the Molniya's turbojet propulsion system will provide a flight at a speed of 700-800 km / h. The flight range is hundreds of kilometers. The start will be carried out from the carrier. Landing method unknown.

The Molniya project proposes to transport light drones on carrier aircraft of various types. A wide range of vehicles is considered in this capacity - from promising Su-57 fighters to converted military transport aircraft. It is also possible to use light UAVs together with the heavy S-70 "Okhotnik". Obviously, different carriers will carry a different number of light drones, and this will affect the organization of combat work.

New drones are being developed for swarm use. Several vehicles must fly and perform the task together - independently or in interaction with a manned aircraft. Such functions are the main goal of the project, towards which all efforts will be directed.

Given the complexity of such a project, it can be assumed that the development and testing of a combat-ready unmanned complex will take several years. The adoption of the "Lightning" in service should be expected in the middle of the decade. It will take several more years to build and supply the troops with a sufficient amount of equipment. Thus, in the second half of the twenties, a full-fledged combat-ready grouping of Su-57 aircraft and the Hunter and Molniya drones with the widest capabilities may appear as part of the Russian Aerospace Forces.


Yo dawg I heard you like drones, so I created a heavy drone you can control to control several other drones.
 

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Разработанная в рамках проекта ФПИ антенна вошла в Топ-10 изобретений 2020 года (fpi.gov.ru)

On the basis of the invention, models of antennas were created, the antenna grille of the world's first active demonstration layout of the radio-optic phased active antenna grille was built. The technology allows you to create antennas and antenna grilles, which can be made in the form of active cladding of various carriers with a thickness slightly more than the thickness of paint coating.

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google translate is telling me the same RCS average values. Russians could be just like Americans if they were to just focus on frontal RCS values like this..

ПАК ДА сможет преодолевать рубежи ПВО НАТО незамеченным, сообщил источник - РИА Новости, 24.03.2021 (ria.ru)

According to the source, the radius of detection of PAK DA by long-range radar patrol aircraft and on-board radars of fighters will decrease "by several orders of magnitude."

Orders of magnitude (numbers) - Wikipedia that's like -70 decibels from the RCS value of a bomber. Radar Cross Section (RCS) (globalsecurity.org)
 

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even if AMCA works as advertised? & arrives on time (~2030-32) ?
The traditions of IAF say that ant bhala toh sab bhala doesn’t happen without phoren imports.
AMCA already had less weapon capacity and was further reduced to 4 from earlier 5 missiles so AMCA is just for stealth, IAF will still need a 5th gen weapons truck and that is Su-57.
 

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The traditions of IAF say that ant bhala toh sab bhala doesn’t happen without phoren imports.
AMCA already had less weapon capacity and was further reduced to 4 from earlier 5 missiles so AMCA is just for stealth, IAF will still need a 5th gen weapons truck and that is Su-57.
If we don't have any future plans for such an airframe (and right now, we don't), its better to join the Tempest programme than buying this mediocre stealth fighter.
 

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