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    Russian PAK FA to be Equipped With Futuristic Photonic Radar

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    Russia’s fifth-generation fighter PAK FA (T-50) may be equipped with an advanced radar which is currently being developed by a Russian corporation.

    The radar will be based on Radio-Optical Phased Arrays (ROFAR), explained the adviser of the first deputy general director of concern Radio-Electronic Technology (KRET) Vladimir Mikheev.

    KRET is a part of Russia’s Rostec corporation, it developed the electronic systems for the aircraft.

    The future radar will be based on the photonic technology that greatly expands the possibilities of communication and radar as their weight will be decreased by more than half and the resolution will increase tenfold.

    The ultra-wideband ROFAR signal allows one to virtually get a TV picture on a radar range. Radio photonic technology, in particular, will enhance the capabilities of the latest generation of Russian airplanes and helicopters.

    “After our work on ROFAR, a list of aircrafts both manned and unmanned will be presented with an offer to be equipped with the radar based on radio-optical phased arrays. I think that the PAK FA will also be on this list and there will be specific proposals given to it,” Mikheyev told reporters, adding that the final decision will be taken by the Department of Defense.

    The developer of ROFAR, KRET has established a laboratory on radio photonics. The concern has already started to perform laboratory tests to create ROFAR. Designed to be finished in 4.5 years, the project remains on schedule, which was agreed on with the Foundation for Advanced Studies.

    As was earlier reported by the Deputy CEO of KRET, Igor Nasenkov, the company intends to establish a full-scale sample of the future radar by 2018.

    “The PAK FA is a fifth-generation aircraft, with a number of brand-new technologies used in its development. It is a 100 percent digital aircraft. It can provide full information support to the pilot. The aircraft is equipped with versatile antenna systems built in its covering,” Nasenkov said during the Dubai Airshow 2015.

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    • Ivan Zadorozhny
      Let's see what the Indians say.
    • JPH
      RIP stealth x-band.
    • jaodernein garshinvic
      Good luck, F-35
    • michael
      now, ROFAR's in drones - that will be interesting!
    • ConcernedCitizen
      Just another shining example of how communist innovation is so inferior to capitalist creativity. NOT! Being extremely facetious. More Russian brilliance. They most take control of their central bank. Everything else is meaningless in the long run if they do not!
    • daltonfury33
      If true it would be top secret. The fact its being put out publicly proves its for PR purposes only and not a real project. That, and the fact russia will build only 12 Pak-Fa for airshows. It's basically a cancelled project itself
    • nickwhite1567
      ROFAR is amazing.
    • Nice news! Good step in the military technology!
    • ivanwa88
      Good lord 'daltonfury 33' has been inspired to come out of retirement to slag the plane of the century.
      Actually Russia has ordered 48 T-50's production is to be around 25-30 a year. Production starts at end of year for orders.

      All avionics, radars, and missile firing platforms have all been extensively tested on Su-35S and are 100% operational. 8 so far have been built for flight testing which is now almost completed so is well ahead of FP-35.

      Production for this type of specially laminated and coated aircraft is like manufacturing 30 formula one race cars for each fighter making mass production almost impossible FP-35 has the same problem hence various parts of the plane are manufactured in different countries.
    • ivanwa88
      Russia does not need to keep T-50 top secret it is more important everyone including df33 understands Russia is producing state of the art weapons and armaments to protect its sovereignty.
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