New glazing of the Su-57 will protect the pilot from the light of a nuclear explosion

MOSCOW, (BM) – The glazing developed for the fifth generation fighter Su-57 is capable of protecting the pilot from the light of a nuclear explosion and various types of radiation, said Andrei Silkin, general director of the developer, ONPP Technologiya, learned

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“[Provides] protection for the crew from the effects of electromagnetic, ultraviolet and infrared radiation, as well as from the effects of light radiation from a nuclear explosion,” – said Silkin on a single day of acceptance of military products on Wednesday.

According to him, due to the new materials, the radar invisibility of the cabin is also achieved, while “the impact strength of the glazing has doubled while its weight is halved.”

Silkin noted that such indicators were achieved through the use of technology for molding aircraft glazing from sheet monolithic polycarbonate, as well as through magnetron deposition of special multifunctional coatings based on gold and indium-tin alloy.

The Su-57 is a fifth-generation Russian multipurpose fighter designed to destroy all types of air targets in long-range and close-range battles, defeat enemy ground and surface targets while overcoming air defense systems. Its maiden flight took place on January 29, 2010.

The first serial Su-57 was planned to be handed over to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation at the end of 2019, but the plane crashed during a test flight on the eve of delivery. In total, by 2028, the Russian military should receive 76 Su-57 fighters and re-equip three aviation regiments with them.

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The Su-57 also has an unmanned mode

The latest Russian fifth-generation fighter Su-57 fulfilled an unmanned mode during the tests, a source in the military-industrial complex told on May 16 this year.

“An unmanned mode is being developed on the basis of the T-50 flying laboratory. The pilot is in the cockpit during the flight, but only controls the performance of all functions,” the agency’s interlocutor said.

Russia is planning mass export of Su-57 and to enter the market of combat drones

Sukhoi intends to establish serial production of an export version of the fifth-generation Su-57 fighter and launch combat drones on the market, we reported on June 16 tis year.

“The long-term prospects of society in the market of military aircraft are related to the serial production of the Su-57 (PAK FA, T-50) and its export version, as well as the entry of unmanned aircraft systems into the market,” the report says.

It notes that the fifth generation fighter is “at the final stage of testing.” [We recall that earlier this month the Russian Su-57 conducted the latest tests stage – ed.]

“Among the countries most interested in the export of Russian military aircraft are the countries of the Asia-Pacific region, Southeast Asia and North Africa,” the document says.

According to the company, in the future it is also necessary to “take into account the general development trends of military aircraft in the world, which society must follow.”

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Among these trends are the creation of hypersonic combat aviation systems capable of performing combat missions in near space, in dense layers of the atmosphere and under the influence of plasma; increasing the level of intellectualization of aircraft control, the creation of robotic airline complexes, as well as the development of fundamentally new types of aircraft weapons, including high-power lasers.

As Interfax reported, the Sukhoi company developed Russia’s first heavy impact drone of long duration – the Okhotnik. On August 3, 2019, he first flew up to the sky. Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov’s office previously reported that the main scope of the Okhotnik’s flight tests is planned to be carried out in 2023–2024, including in the strike version with various aviation weapons, and serial deliveries of drones to the Russian military should begin in 2025.

Su-57 fighter jet briefly

Su-57 (formerly PAK FA, experimental name T-50) is a fifth-generation Russian fighter designed to destroy all types of air, ground and surface targets. First flew in 2010. The combination of high maneuverability with the ability to perform supersonic flight, as well as a modern complex of avionics and low visibility provide the Su-57 superiority over competitors.

The contract for the supply of VKS 76 Su-57 fighters was signed at the Army-2019 forum. Currently, tests of this aircraft are ongoing, during which the functioning of its systems is checked, as well as the operating conditions of the second stage engine. The Ministry of Defense has repeatedly stated that the Su-57 was successfully tested in Syria.

The first production car, which was supposed to be delivered by the Ministry of Defense at the end of December 2019, crashed near Khabarovsk during a test flight on December 24, the pilot managed to eject and survived.

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After the incident, the Director General of the United Aircraft Corporation, Yuri Slyusar, told RIA Novosti that the results of the work of the Su-57 crash commission will be used to improve this aircraft. Later, the head of the Rostec state corporation, Sergey Chemezov, reported that mass deliveries of the Su-57 to the Russian Air Force would begin in 2020.


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