Signal reflections from Tu-95 and Tu-160 bombers defy known geometry

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Utilizing Umbra SAR imagery obtained from Engels-2 military base in Russia, the Western corporation, SATIM Inc., has perceptively detected anomalous transformations in the SAR signatures of TU-95 and TU-160 bombers.

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Signal reflections, encountered during scrutiny, manifest characteristics that bear no concurrence with the familiar geometric structure and material composition inherent to the aircraft. This abnormality might be indicative of novel camouflage techniques, instituted with the prime objective of safeguarding approximately priceless air vessels from the potential threat of drone strikes.

Pivotal to Russia’s strategic defense operations is the Engels-2 Air Base, serving as the esteemed host to a significant cluster of the nation’s formidable, long-range strategic bomber fleet.

In the past, evidence has been uncovered pointing towards concerted endeavors on the part of the Russians to obfuscate the true scales of various objects. One surmises that such meticulous efforts may well serve dual purposes: firstly to act as an effective deterrent against attacks launched by unmanned aerial vehicles, and secondly, to successfully evade missile systems that come equipped with sophisticated target recognition cameras.

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What Umbra is?

The Umbra is a constellation of diminutive satellites designed to diligently gather intricate data from the Earth’s surface. They employ the revolutionary mechanism of synthetic aperture radar, an advanced technology, which grants them the ability to capture imagery unaffected by the prevailing weather conditions of the target geographical locale.

Furthermore, the advent of advanced technology has empowered the modern devices to record crucial radar signals, thoroughly inclusive of those emitted by sophisticated fighter jets. Initially conceived as a simple student startup nestled within the propitious region of Santa Barbara, the burgeoning company seized the attention of the Pentagon and was subsequently subsumed for the fulfillment of its specific and complex necessities. At present, this eminent organization consistently provides the relevant authorities with the up-to-date imagery coupled with radar data, emanating from strategic zones across the globe that could potentially concern US security forces.

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Two years prior, the United States military, exhibiting an uncommon frugality, allocated a sum merely amounting to several tens of millions to the devotees of space exploration, an amount which, given today’s economic standards, barely holds significant worth. Devoid of the characteristic flamboyance of Pentagon’s budgeting routines, this move sharply contrasted the usual scenario whereby vast resources, counting in billions, are funneled into seemingly baseless projects with questionable returns.

Car tires?

Recent incidents at the Russian airbase, Engels-2, have shone a light on an intriguing practice: specifically, the usage of car tires as protective coverings for two models of Russian bombers – the Tu-95 and Tu-160. Observers and commentators, particularly among the throng of Russian digital denizens, could not help but draw correlations between startling images from the base and revelations surrounding the company, SATIM Inc.

In a comprehensive analysis, Russian bloggers have articulated that the Russians have innovatively developed a novel approach to aircraft camouflage, wherein tires assume a notably prominent function. This reinterpretation and subsequent revelation highlight the subtle ingenuity underlying the art of concealment within the aviation industry.

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It has been observed that there has been a curiously frequent incorporation of old tires in recent military maneuvers. These discarded accessories are utilized to outfit equipment models situated close to the front line, thereby enhancing the semblance of realistic warfare. The use of tires extends beyond these scenarios, becoming an integral part of various camouflage endeavors. This is particularly noticeable within infrastructure facilities.

SATIM says

A question was posed to the company by an internet user. The query was: “Have the modifications had any influence on the operational efficiency of your ATR algorithms?” The company responded, assuring that the impact of camouflage on the terminal results has been minimal. Notwithstanding the supplementary reflections from the wings, the SATIM solution is capable, in most instances, of discerning those sorts of samples due to the appearance of certain vital components of the aircraft in the SAR signature.

“It is noteworthy that analogous phenomena have been discerned in winter imagery, wherein aircraft are enshrouded by a blanket of snow, a factor being meticulously incorporated into our AI solutions,” SATIM also noted.

The initial assumptions

As reported by in early September, intriguing satellite imagery surfaced, exhibiting Russian bombers shrouded in automobile tires. Initial commentary tended towards ridiculing this apparent display of ‘Russian ingenuity’. However, individuals well-versed in the realm of military technology later substantiated the strategic reasoning behind such unconventional measures.

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In an effort to foster defense against drone assaults, the Russian Federation is safeguarding their arsenal of aircraft – a collection that comprises not only bombers but also fighter jets – that are positioned in the open on airstrips. Following this, the initial disseminations surfaced, stating that Russia is in the transitional phase of erecting its first mobile hangars which are structurally designed with steel columns and a crossing roof grid for enhanced durability.


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