The radar for Russia’s first fifth-generation combat jet that is capable of detecting a number of ground or airborne targets within 400km range is ninety-nine percent ready to enter serial production. Also, Russia is developing UAV that is capable of hunting U.S. F-35s and that is built with sophisticated electronic warfare systems that can evade the most advanced of radars from the enemies.
The country flaunted its military might during the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2015 in Moscow. The event was attended by the Russian president himself who described the occasion as a tradition of bringing together “leading Russian and foreign aviation companies and demonstrates the latest models of air and space technology.”
“We are modernising facilities in our aircraft manufacturing and space and rocket sectors, introducing modern equipment, improving the components we use, and raising the quality and characteristics of the goods we produce,” Mr Putin said in his remarks during the event.
The Tikhomirov NIIP radar system made for Russia’s first fifth-generation combat jet, the Sukhoi T-50, is consists of one forward-looking X-band radar in the nose section and two side-scanning arrays as well as L-band antennas along the wing flaps. The radar is being made by KRET and was put on display for the first time at the MAKS airshow.
Asked about the number of enemies that the radar can detect, KRET deputy chief designer Andrey Sukhano said “no fewer than the Su-35”. Su-35, made by Rostec, can track up to four ground or 30 airborne targets out to 400km range, while simultaneously attacking up to eight airborne targets.
Also in display at MAKS 2015 is an aircraft model of an advanced military unmanned drone that is being design to have the capability of detecting F-35 or the Lighting II. F-35 is the 5th generation fighter that will soon replace the old fighter jets of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.
Lockheed Martin, the developer of F-35, boasts that the fighter jet has the combination of advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. As sophisticated as it may sound, the new drone being developed by Russia can bypass all these features.
KRET is also a subcontractor for this project. Speaking with Flightglobal, KRET first deputy chief executive officer Vladimir Mikheev said the drone is modeled after China’s “Divine Eagle” project. The drone according to Mikheev will be installed with “deeply integrated electronic warfare system” that not only protects it from air-to-air missiles but will also hide it from the enemy’s radar.
Mikheev is talking about China’s most ambitious drone design which photos first emerged in May. A report from Popular Science in May described the China’s “Divine Eagle” as “one of the most important to the future of war.”
As described by Popular Science, “Divine Eagle” has the capacity to carry multiple radars that also come with multiple capabilities. The radar called the Airborne Moving Target Indicator for example is capable of tracking airborne targets, like fighter jets and cruise missiles. The Synthetic Aperture Radar on the other hand provides high resolution of slow moving ground vehicles and enemy bases while the Ground Moving Target Indicator radars can identify and track aircraft carriers. Also installed in the “Divine Eagle” is the X/UHF radar that can track stealth aircraft like the F-35 fighter and B-2 bomber at long ranges.