Russian 6th generation fighter will employ powerful lasers to burn enemy missile

Russian 6th generation fighter will employ powerful lasers to burn enemy missile


Air-to-ground or air-to-air missiles have
one thing in common — they have a seeker head, or targeting system on the missile that
uses radar or heat-seeking technology to find and lead the weapon to the target to destroy
it. The Russian defense industry says it will
deploy powerful lasers on its new sixth-generation fighter that will be able to “burn” enemy
homing systems on projectiles fired in their direction, to make them unable to hit a target. “We already have laser protection systems
installed on aircraft and helicopters, and now we are talking about developments in the
field of powered lasers that will be able to physically destroy attacking missiles’
homing heads. … Roughly speaking, we’ll be able to burn
out ‘the eyes’ of missiles that ‘look at us.’ Naturally, such systems will be installed
on sixth-generation aircraft as well,” said the Adviser to the First Deputy CEO of Radio-Electronic
Technologies Group (KRET) Vladimir Mikheyev, reported by Russian state news agency TASS. Drone technology is also a high priority for
the Russian defense industry. Manned aircraft flying alongside swarms of
unmanned drones is a concept being developed on both sides of the Atlantic. “One drone in a formation flight will carry
microwave weapons, including guided electronic munitions while another drone will carry radio-electronic
suppression and destruction means, and a third UAV will be armed with a set of standard weaponry. Each specific task is solved by different
armaments,” said Mr. Mikheyev. Microwave weapons will complement the laser
components on manned aircraft also. “The use of microwave weapons is highly
problematic for a plane with a pilot due to the need to preserve his life. But if we develop an additional system of
protection against our own microwave weapons, we’ll lose even more space and the weight
margin. Besides, even the most complex and effective
system can be insufficiently efficient,” he said. Combined with advanced radar concepts, the
array of new technologies will be formidable. “The radio-photonic radar will be able to
see farther than existing radars, in our estimates. And, as we irradiate an enemy in an unprecedentedly
wide range of frequencies, we’ll know its position with the highest accuracy and after
processing, we’ll get an almost photographic image of it, a radio vision. This is important for determining the type
of an aircraft. The radar computer will immediately and automatically
identify a flying object, for example, an F-18 with specific types of missile armament,”
Mr. Mikheyev said.

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