【曝俄罗斯新一代战斗机:能用激光烧毁敌人导弹制导系统】

【曝俄罗斯新一代战斗机:能用激光烧毁敌人导弹制导系统】俄罗斯计划在其第六代战斗机 MiG-41 上安装激光器,激光可以烧毁敌人的导弹制导系统,可以完全摧毁发起袭击的导弹。俄罗斯军方表示在直升机和战斗机上都已装有激光防护系统,现在正发展大功率激光器,以摧毁敌军导弹。但目前这些都只是概念,真正完成要到2035年。

Russia's next generation of fighter jets will use LASERS to burn homing systems on enemy missiles

  • Russia plans to implement the lasers on its sixth-generation MiG-41 aircrafts
  • These are still in the concept stage, and aren't expected to be ready until 2035
  • The lasers could 'burn' enemy homing systems on attacking missiles
  • The news comes one month after the US army successfully hit an unmanned target using a high-powered laser mounted on a Apache AH-64 helicopter

Russia says it will deploy powerful lasers on its new sixth-generation fighter jets to destroy enemy missiles.

The lasers will be able to 'burn' enemy homing systems on attacking missiles, according to the Russian defence industry.

But it could be a while before we see the aircraft lasers in action, with experts predicting they won't be ready until at least 2035.

Russia plans to implement the lasers on its sixth-generation MiG-41 aircrafts.

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Speaking to Russian news agency, TASS, Vladimir Mikheyev, the Adviser to the First Deputy CEO of Radio-Electronic Technologies Group (KRET), said: 'We already have laser protection systems installed on aircraft and helicopters, and now we are talking about developments in the field of powered lasers that will be able to physically destroy attacking missiles' homing heads.

'Roughly speaking, we'll be able to burn out

'Naturally, such systems will be installed on sixth-generation aircraft as well.'

While Mr Mikheyev is optimistic about the laser aircrafts, it could be a while before they are deployed.

Experts speaking to National Interest said that the sixth generation aircraft is still in the stage of conceptual design.

Vasily Kashin, a Russian defence analyst at Moscow's Higher School of Economics (HSE) told The National Interest that the sixth generation aircraft would be 'at best deployed by 2035-40.'

Alongside the laser aircraft, Mr Mikheyev sees a swarm of unmanned drones being deployed.

He said: 'One drone in a formation flight will carry microwave weapons, including guided electronic munitions while another drone will carry radio-electronic suppression and destruction means, and a third UAV will be armed with a set of standard weaponry.'

The news comes just two months after the US army successfully hit an unmanned target using a high-powered laser mounted on a Apache AH-64 helicopter.

The demonstration was the first time a fully integrated laser system was successfully fired on a target from a rotary-wing aircraft, according to defence company Raytheon who manufactured the device.

The weapon is almost silent and invisible which makes it particularly hard for enemies to detect and could be used on the battlefield in the near future.

The laser, which was tested at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico successfully hit a target 0.9 miles (1.4 km) away.

The laser was manufactured by Raytheon who said their device 'provides long-range surveillance, target acquisition, tracking, range finding and laser designation'.

Laser systems have been on the Apache since 1984 when it first entered service, but they were low-powered and could only guide air-to-ground missiles.

These lasers are particularly accurate because unlike bullets and artillery which fire in an arch, they fire in straight lines and are powerful enough to destroy targets.

The company used an electro-optical infrared sensor - which is a version of the Multi-Spectral Targeting System.

'By combining combat proven sensors, like the MTS [Multi-Spectral Targeting System], with multiple laser technologies, we can bring this capability to the battlefield sooner rather than later', said Art Morrish, vice president of Advanced Concept and Technologies for Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems.

According to Matthew Ketner, branch chief of the High Energy Laser Controls and Integration Directorate, the power of the laser beam can be adjusted for any material - there is even a non-lethal adjustment for human targets.

Mr Katner said lasers have taken out cruise missiles, mortars and other projectiles during testing.

'Unlike a traditional gun lasers don't run out of bullets', he said.

But they do use a lot of energy and are unable to penetrate haze, smoke and materials with anti-laser coatings.

The US military is increasingly looking into laser weapons and there has been a 30-kilowatt laser on the USS Ponce - an amphibious transport dock ship - since 2014.

It has been tested extensively and is authorised for defensive use, Mr Katner said.

At the end of May, Department of Defence bosses revealed a new $3.2m (£2.5m) project with Clemson University engineers to investigate the science behind laser weapons.

The military has already deployed some lasers as defensive weapons to shoot down incoming missiles and drones, but the two projects will address underlying issues with making them more widespread.

Earlier this year a silent killer that could spell the end for enemy drones was tested by US Army infantry troops for the first time.

During a ten day firing exercise, 50 drones were brought down by the laser weapon, an improved version of a system that was tested last year.

And it is hoped that Stryker infantry-transport vehicles mounted with the laser could soon be deployed to the front lines.

The Mobile High Energy Laser (MEHEL) is just one system the US Army is exploring to deal with the growth of inexpensive off-the-shelf unmanned aerial systems that are being used in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

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