Russia, the United States and the United Kingdom are trying to modernize their weapons. In fact, the Russian Air Force is about to receive five new fighter jets in 2017.
Russia: The New Sukhoi
Moscow’s fleet will soon receive five Sukhoi T-50 jets, while more than 20 Su-30SM will be given as well. The force’s missile carriers Tu-95 and Tu-160 are going to be upgraded, too.
Commander Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said that upgraded Mi-28 and Ka-52 attack helicopters will also be received. He added that the state will test the first five jets before the planes are produced in numbers.
The Sukhoi T-50 is the fifth-generation multipurpose fighter capable of supersonic flight without afterburner, according to the Moscow Times. It has low radar, optical and acoustic visibility. The fifth-generation jet can also go for short takeoffs and landings.
Russian aviation units are also getting more than 900 new planes. Furthermore, the units will receive helicopters by 2020.
The new Sukhoi can be used for supersonic flights. It can fly at speeds of over 2,000km/h, and the jet also holds continuous in-flight refuelling. It has greater agility and low heat signature, as per Airforce-Technology. While the Sukhoi T-50 jet might not have rudders, its vertical tails are entirely movable. The T-50’s tail fin design is like the V-tails present in the Northrop YF-23.
The outer section of the aircraft was made using stealth or low-observable (LO) technology. The cockpit is equipped with a number of electronic systems including auto-flight control systems.
Russia: US And UK’s Laser Weapon
The Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom formally awarded a $36 million contract to create a prototype laser weapon. The goal was to observe if “direct energy” technology can actually aid the armed forces.
Furthermore, the prototype will be ready for the demonstration of the system in 2019. BBC stated that the contract was taken by an association of European defense firms. The assessment of the prototype will be done on the basis of how it picks up and tracks targets at different distances. It will also be assessed in a wide range of weather conditions over land and water.
On the other hand, the United States was on the verge of equipping armored vehicles with laser weaponry. General Dynamics, the Army and defense contractor, placed lasers on Stryker interim armored vehicles to take down incoming missiles, mortars, drones, and artillery.
Popular Mechanics stated that drones are what may have pushed the implementation of laser defenses. The U.S. and allied forces are considering drones as their newest threat.