Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Russia will create a new combat airborne laser system

Russia will create  a promising combat airborne laser system installed in a IL-76MD-90A is a new military transport aircraft (code name: IL-476) developed by Ilyushin Aviation Complex.

At «Taganrog Beriyev Aviation Scientific-Technical Complex» (TANTK)
on the basis of the second batch of modernized Il-76MD-90A (№01-04) works on conversion into a flying laboratory with a set of laser weapons under the A-60SE combat airborne laser system.

The A-60SE new concept of laser laboratory of the Beriev A-60.  Two demonstrators of A-60  were built, the first flying in 1981, the second in 1991. Much of what is available from Russian open sources does not detail actual progress or achievements in this program.


Today the program of A-60SE combat airborne laser system have received new development grants. The A-60SE is based dazzling process, which means dazzling the optics of the satellite systems of missile warning or  satellite reconnaissance.

Blinding operations could be executed and inflict effects ranging from temporary ‘‘dazzling’’ to permanent burnout of optical or other sensors with intense energy bursts.


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