Russia has been dominating the news headlines of late, and for all the wrong reasons. But did you know that they have been drastically increasing their military spending over the past decade? It’s true. While current and previous U.S. administrations have eschewed the Russian threat as being less dangerous than it is, we are seeing something seriously noteworthy take place in Vladimir Putin’s nation.
This is the KNOWN new generation of “super weapons,” Russia is beginning to turn heads all over the world. Here are some of the technological marvels we’re talking about.
Sukhoi PAK FA T-50
It looks straight out of Mad Max, but it’s not. This is the high-tech helmet worn by T-50 pilots.
The cockpit of the T-50 is full of next level technology, but this heads-up display acts as its own computer screen for the pilots and it’s simply attached to their helmets.
A quarter of the aircraft’s body weight is made of composite materials that help reduce its overall weight.
Sharp angles help minimize its radar detection, making it tough to be spotted from far away distances.
The Saturn izdeliye 117 engines provide vectored thrust for the plane. The engines originated as part of the original AL-41F program which was launched way back in 1982.
T-50 VS F-22 SHORT RANGE
The F-22 Raptor is the U.S.’s stealth fighter, but how would it fare against the T-50? Both aircraft can supercruise, but the Raptor can go faster at Mach 1.8 compared to the T-50’s Mach 1.6.
In terms of maneuverability, the T-50 takes the cake. The F-22 Raptor might be the most maneuverable of the American fighter jets, but it doesn’t quite meet the standard of the T-50.
We’d have to give the Russian jet a slight advantage in a dogfight, especially thanks to its advanced helmet-mounted targeting capabilities. However, a long range fight might be different.
T-50 VS F-22 LONG RANGE
A long range battle could provide a different outcome. The T-50’s three-dimensional thrust vector nozzles could give away its location to an F-22 pilot, allowing them to attack from miles away.
Additionally, the F-22 can carry six AIM-120 missiles compared to the T-50’s four missiles. Chances are that the F-22 could take it down from a far away distance.
MEET THE T-14
Russia’s newest super tank is greatly disturbing for western nations.
According to a UK Ministry of Defence report, “[the T-14] certainly deserves its billing as the most revolutionary tank in a generation.”
Its 2A82-1M cannon puts enemies to shame with the capability of firing between 10 and 12 rounds per minute.
This could potentially overpower the armor on existing NATO tanks.
ACTIVE PROTECTION SYSTEM (APS)
The APS enables the T-14 to swat away attacks that are at speeds exceeding Mach 5. This technology can also hinder the targeting systems associated with anti-tank guided missiles.
It’s time for western nations to play catch up.
This single seat fighter aircraft is slightly beyond a fourth generation but not quite considered a fifth generation fighter.
The child of the Su-27, the 35S is supposed to hold down the fort until the T-50 is ready to go.
There’s no scarier phrase than “intercontinental ballistic missile.” Indeed, ICBMs are not here to play around. They have a range of between 1,240 and 6,520 miles (twice the size of the United States).
Each one is 68.6 feet long and can carry up to 10 independently targetable, massive warheads.
CHECK THE SEAS
Russia is downright sneaky about their placement of nuclear warheads. Rumor has it that the next generation of missiles will be submarine launched.
At least three submarines from Russia’s Borei class are in active service. A pair are in Russia’s Pacific fleet, while another one sits in Russia’s Northern fleet.
By 2020, Russia plans on having eight subs in active service.
RUSSIA'S NEW HELICOPTER HAS THIS AUTOCANNON
It’s not just the ocean where Russia’s military is making strides. They are also adding new and improved helicopters to the mix.
This Shipunov 2A42 is the primary weapon on the Mi-28N helicopter. It can be fired automatically.
Added to the Russian army’s fleet in 2006, this mean looking chopper is expected to be improved in the coming years.
As early as 2017, Russia is expected to test a new fifth-generation edition of this flier.
BYE BYE TANKS
The Mi-28N is going to kiss tanks goodbye. It carries eight anti-tank guided missiles on either side, packing a punch equivalent to 16 pounds of TNT.
Perhaps the most intimidating of all Russia’s new super weapons, the Ka-52 Alligator doesn’t travel as fast as the Mi-28NM, but it might be the most intimidating in appearance.
A close family member of the older Ka-50 “Black Shark,” look for the Ka-52 to make waves in the near future.
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