Russia unveiled a model of a cruise light-class reusable hypersonic missile
MOSCOW, (BM) – The model of the first Russian cruise reusable missile Krylo-SV is presented in the Era military technopolis, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing the russian RIA Novosti news agency.
The model is slightly taller than a human being, painted in white and blue. The rocket bears the logos of the Advanced Research Fund (FPI), Roscosmos, the United Aircraft Corporation and the head scientific institute of the Russian rocket and space industry, TsNIIMash.
In February, it was reported that the FPI scientific and technical council had decided to start developing a flight demonstrator of the first Russian reusable launch vehicle, Krylo-SV. The start of flight tests of the demonstrator, that is, its first full-fledged launch, is planned at the turn of 2023.
Krylo-SV is a reusable cruise stage of a light-class missile, the preliminary design of which was prepared and defended on May 29, 2019 at the FPI with a positive assessment. It was carried out by a working group, where the head enterprise was the JSC “EMZ named after VM Myasishchev”.
The rocket will measure six meters long and 0.8 meters in diameter. The rocket demonstrator will be one-third the size of the original. The rocket will travel at hypersonic speeds – up to Mach 6. The launches will be carried out from the Kapustin Yar test site towards the Caspian Sea.
A new engine called “Whirlwind” is being developed especially for the rocket. It is planned that after the separation of the second stage, which will continue the flight, the first reusable stage will return to the cosmodrome on the wings.
This is not Russia’s first project aimed at reusing a military or space product. We recall that in May this year RAS [Russian Academy of Sciences – ed.] Space Council approved the creation of a reusable rocket
The RAS Council for Space has approved the line of new space rockets proposed by Roscosmos, including a reusable launch vehicle, according to the decision of the RAS Council for Space, signed by the President of the Academy, Alexander Sergeev.
“To approve the main directions for the development of launch vehicles, including, in addition to those already developed, high-tech launch vehicles of a new generation of various classes (ultralight, light, medium, heavy increased payload, superheavy), including using promising fuels, materials, reusable stages and other design decisions “, – the document says.
So far, only Elon Musk’s SpaceX uses reusable stages for space launches.
Earlier it was reported that Roskosmos, together with the Foundation for Advanced Research, has begun the development of a reusable cruise missile of the ultralight class Krylo-SV, the developments on which can later be used in missiles of other classes.
In the light class, Russia has the Soyuz-2.1v and Angara-A1.2 missiles, on average, the Soyuz-2, the Soyuz-5 rocket is being developed and the Soyuz-6 planned for development, in the heavy class are represented by “Proton-M” and “Angara-A5”. In the class of heavy carriers of increased carrying capacity, it is planned to develop “Angara-A5V”.
The development of super-heavy missiles “Yenisei” and “Don” is underway. In addition, Roscosmos has repeatedly announced plans to create a methane rocket.
Russia develops an anti-hypersonic missiles weapon
Russia continues to improve its capabilities in the development of supersonic missiles. In recent years, we have witnessed several successful projects that have been a serious test for NATO and the United States, given that Washington is seriously lagging behind.
But Russia is also thinking about countering this type of missile.
As we reported on april 24 this year, the Russian experts have begun to develop electronic warfare systems (EW) that can establish interference with the hypersonic weapons of a potential enemy.
The electronic warfare system will not only be able to interfere with existing and future hypersonic weapons, but also reflect the corresponding attacks. This will more effectively protect the most important civilian and military installations, Izvestia writes.
New electronic warfare systems will need to recognize the type of missile, the method of its guidance, and also interfere, Dmitry Kornev noted.
“It will be a cheap and effective way to deal with hypersonic aircraft and ammunition,” the expert noted. “It will not require the deployment of a large number of radars and missile defense systems, as well as the production of thousands of long-range missile defense systems. Covering the most important objects with electronic warfare systems is much easier than providing a missile defense system throughout the country. The novelty will be an addition to the existing air defense and should not allow the GLW to hit the target”.
It is noted that the Russian development will act to suppress the sighting devices of hypersonic aircraft in the final section of their given trajectory. This will prevent possible attacks using radar, optoelectronic and satellite homing warheads.
The latest electronic warfare systems will complement existing air defense systems. Earlier, RT reported that Japan began developing hypersonic weapons.
The development of hypersonic weapons officially, in addition to Russia, was announced in the United States and China. The United States said that this area is their priority.
Nine prototypes with non-nuclear warheads are currently at the testing stage. The country’s air force is going to equip strategic bombers B-52 with hypersonic cruise missiles.
The fleet will deliver such ammunition to destroyers, cruisers and even submarines. Finally, the U.S. Army intends to install such short- and medium-range munitions on a mobile chassis.
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