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US will study the effect of electromagnetic radiation on military pilots

WASHINGTON, (BM) – The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of the US Department of Defense has launched a study in which scientists will try to find out the effect of electromagnetic radiation from fighter aircraft onboard systems on pilots, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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It is no secret that during the flight, pilots sometimes experience poor health, deterioration of attention and perception: for example, from 1993 to 2013, the US Air Force recorded 72 accidents, 101 deaths and the loss of 65 combat aircraft due to spatial disorientation of pilots. According to the military, the cause of some of these cases could be the radiation of the on-board systems of aircraft.

The new DARPA program to study the influence of electromagnetic radiation in the cockpit on the crew’s condition is called ICEMAN [Impact of Cockpit Electro-Magnetics on Aircrew Neurology]. The project is designed for two years. First of all, the researchers will study how radio waves and magnetic fields in the cockpit affect the nervous system of pilots – whether they can cause spatial disorientation and impaired cognitive functions of pilots.

At the first stage, specialists will measure all types of radiation in the cockpit, at the second stage, they will carry out a study of how exactly this radiation can affect the human body and nervous system. Within the framework of the project, scientists will have to develop instruments with which the measurement will be carried out. DARPA noted that the research results are planned to be made available to civilian developers.

According to the military, the radiation of the on-board systems of passenger aircraft can also influence the pilots and their decisions. Ball Aerospace & Technologies has already started developing a system for monitoring the physiological state of pilots in flight, which will be responsible for recording various deviations in the pilot’s body.

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

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 as we reported on August 5.

“[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.

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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.

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