Russian aircraft of the fifth generation will sew cases that will protect them from bad weather and hide from the means of reconnaissance. Deliveries will begin in 2021, Izvestia sources in the military department and defense industry said.
Products will be made of polymers that reflect the radar signal. Each aircraft will receive more than a dozen covers – separately on wheels, lower, central, and rear fuselage, wings, cabin, nozzle, stabilizers, air intakes, and other parts of the structure.
The new “clothes” will also protect electronics located on the outside of the aircraft from bad weather. In the latest fighter antennas, sensors, optical and electronic systems are located on the wings and fuselage. In addition, the Su-57 uses the technology of the so-called smart cladding: active phased antenna bars of different ranges are distributed “on the body” of the fighter. Unlike the radar stations of previous times, whose antennas are fixed on the nose of the aircraft, the “smart cladding” gives a circular view of hundreds of kilometers, not just in the front hemisphere.
The covers made of special material will also hide the aircraft, in case they will be based at the airfield without hangars and sheds – through them, it will be impossible to see the outlines of the machines in the pictures, electronic reconnaissance equipment will also be useless.
“Where the planes are based, how many of them are there, where and where they have transferred their forces – the enemy will not know all this,” the former commander of the 4th Air Force and Air Defense Army, Lieutenant General Valery Gorbenko, told Izvestia. “It is also important to protect modern equipment from bad weather. Today, planes sometimes shut up completely, but this does little to protect against rain or snow. In the southern regions during sandstorms paint on cars washes like sandpaper.
Now manufacturers execute contracts for the supply of a total of 76 Su-57s for the Russian Ministry of Defense. This year it is planned to complete state tests of the pre-production batch of aircraft.