Russian revival / New Russian airpower efforts show progress

Carlo Kopp, Bill Sweetman

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    Russia's technological strategy for post-2010 airpower is reflected in emerging prototype and early production systems for both aircraft and air-defense weapons. The strategic intent is to enhance Russia's political freedom of action in a US-dominated post-Cold War world, while using arms export revenues to relieve the pressure on limited defense resources. Russian choices have been guided by a consistent Western tactical air defense plan that has been centered on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Delays in the JSF program have now given Russia more than 20 years to prepare for its initial operational capability date. The 117S engines increase available thrust by up to 16%, but new materials and refined structure keep weight close to that of the original aircraft. Radar cross-section (RCS) has been reduced, using 1990s technology developed by ITAE, and the new avionics suite includes a wide-field-of-regard radar, which combines a passive, electronically scanned array with a mechanical gimbal.

    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages1
    Specialist publicationAviation Week & Space Technology
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Mar 2012

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