Mikoyan and Sukhoi will create under joint brand the Russian sixth-gen fighter
MOSCOW, (BM) – Anatoly Serdyukov, the industrial director of the Rostec aviation complex, did not rule out that the Russian sixth generation fighter would be created under the joint brand of the MiG and Sukhoi enterprises, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Vzglyad.
“Perhaps it will be so – a fighter made by MiG – Sukhoi. But while everything is at the stage of discussions, it is too early to talk about the details,” Serdyukov said in response to the question under whose brand the new fighter will be created.
Let us remind you that in July the general director of the MiG and Sukhoi companies, Ilya Tarasenko, announced that the MiG and Sukhoi companies would develop a sixth generation combat aviation complex together.
Dmitry Rogozin, who was then Deputy Prime Minister, announced the start of work on a sixth generation combat aircraft in Russia in March 2016.
The characteristic features of such an aircraft, various experts include the ability to perform combat missions without human intervention and artificial intelligence, the presence of a radio photonic radar, the ability to develop hypersonic speed and go into near space, as well as the ability to use weapons based on new physical principles.
The NK-88 hydrogen engine opens the horizons for a Russian 6th gen fighters
Fifth-generation aircraft have already flown up, but the development of science and technology does not stand still, so more and more information appears on work on projects of 6th generation aircraft. But in order for a sixth generation aircraft to appear, a fundamentally new engine must first appear.
Already today, aviation receives a challenge in which a new machine should not only be effective in the atmosphere, but also have the ability to go into space.
But a traditional atmospheric engine will not allow this, therefore, scientists have actively taken up the development of a hybrid of rocket and aircraft engines. This is exactly what the hydrogen engine can be. If it is possible to create a successful hydrogen engine, cryogenic aviation will appear almost immediately, and Russia will single-handedly break into the world of aircraft construction of the sixth generation.
It may seem fantastic and the cryogenic aviation poster may look too bright and unattainable. But even more than 30 years ago, at sunset of the USSR, they tested the promising Tu-155 aircraft, on which the NK-88 hydrogen engine was already installed.
The development and research obtained as a result of testing the NK-88 were laid as the foundation for the development of a hypersonic engine.
Unfortunately, the collapse of the Soviet Union did not allow the projects described above to receive full development. But the baggage of research of the past has remained and has not disappeared anywhere, engineers of our days can use the achievements of past years.
Recently, Russia has become significantly more invested in the defense industry and development, and therefore there is a high probability that work on the new engine has long been underway.
Most likely, we will receive full-fledged information about the new engine at the moment when this will be the right moment. We already saw a similar example when hypersonic weapons from the highest rostrum were announced.
A new stealth coating metamaterial – anapole. What it is and how it works?
Anapol is a non-radiating source or scatterer that is capable of emitting vector potentials in the absence of radiated electromagnetic fields, as well as scattering vector potentials in the absence of fields.
Thanks to this, you can get a unique opportunity to hide various objects, more precisely to shield them from electromagnetic fields and to obtain devices for hidden data transmission.
Moreover, data transmission is possible due to modulation of the vector potential, and the usual propagation of electromagnetic waves (light) in the system will be absent. Moreover, this may mean that we simply do not see many objects and sources in nature, because they do not interact with electromagnetic fields, but interact exclusively with potentials!
Modern methods of stealth masking are aimed at ensuring that the wave reflected from the object is absorbed by the masking coating, minimizing the response to the radar. However, the coating alone is not capable of reducing this response to complete zero due to a combination of factors: surface geometry, high speed of movement, progressive highly sensitive location methods, and the inefficiency of stealth coating absorption.
An international team of scientists from NUST “MISiS” and the Polytechnic University of Turin (Italy), in the framework of cooperation on the ANASTASIA project, have proposed a fundamentally new variant of stealth masking, which will allow the radar signal directed to the object not to be reflected, not absorbed, but simply to pass through, as if no no object.
This method of masking is based not on creating a masking coating, but on changing the configuration of the entire system of the object.
“The stealth disguise used today is far from perfect. Such a coating is expensive, and for more efficient operation it needs the most even surface – as a result, in airplanes, for example, you have to sacrifice the aerodynamic characteristics of the device. In this case, the absorbed signal still creates a “shadow” – a small response that can be detected by more advanced location systems. The task of our team was to “teach” the objects not to reflect the signal, but to let it pass through through the excitation of the special state of electromagnetic fields,” comments Alexei Basharin, project manager from NUST MISiS.
According to the developed theory, the electric moment excited in the system when the radar signal hits it is compensated by the toroidal moment. This effect can be achieved through the use of metamaterial – a material with an artificially created periodic structure. However, there are also other dipole moments that arise both in the object to be hidden and in the coating. And how to hide such systems was not entirely clear.
“The invisibility of the object was predicted by the Devaney-Wolfe theorems. We, in turn, developed this idea for dipole moments, which, like bricks, form the response of a stealth object and developed a generalized invisibility theorem for them and turned it into a mathematical model,” adds Alexei Basharin.
It is noteworthy that the technology can extend to objects of any size: not only for large military equipment, but also for micro and nanoscale electronics. A clear breakthrough will be the use of the described metamaterials as elements of the qubits of quantum computers, the interaction of which is carried out not due to fields, but due to potentials.
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