RUSSIA SHOWS OFF CONCEPT DRONE THAT HUNTS F-35S

RUSSIA SHOWS OFF CONCEPT DRONE THAT HUNTS F-35S

AN IMPROBABLE DRONE TO COUNTER AN UNBELIEVABLY EXPENSIVE FIGHTER

While it won’t be America’s top dogfighter (that honor goes to the F-22), the Pentagon has bought more than 2,400 F-35s compared to 187 F-22s, so the F-35 will certainly by large volume be the most typical American competitor in the sky. At the MAKS air program in Moscow last week, Russia’s United Airplane Corporation revealed a model of what appears to be a drone that hunts F-35s.
The drone’s body most resembles America’s X-47B, an experimental unmanned independent airplane. In addition, it appears the drone’s body has a lift fan in each wing, letting it in theory take off vertically.
According to FlightGlobal, the head of UAC asserts the F-35 hunter will have a “deeply-integrated electronic warfare system that not just provides a safety electromagnetic sphere around the aircraft to counter air-to-air missiles, but likewise cloaks it from radars.” This drone has 2 really unstealthy tail rudders, so it needs some stealth help. The F-35 is designed to have powerful sensing units, but it has a very limited ability to bring missiles stealthily inside its body. Making missiles miss and hiding from sensors are a great way to beat the F-35. To correctly discover and ruin F-35s, it appears like this as-yet-unnamed drone plans to use radar just like that of China’s Divine Eagle 2, which will certainly let it discover low profile stealth airplane, such as the F-35 or the F-22.
At least, that’s presuming any of this works as promised. Fight airplane are particularly expensive to design and solve, and Russia has floated unreasonable aircraft ideas prior to. Up until there’s an actual airplane demonstrator, it’s most likely best to file this away as a concept F-35 hunter, and not a real danger.

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