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Richard Moore


Russia Develops Stealth Aircraft Using Plasma Screen

Created: 19.10.2005 12:10 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 12:10 MSK

The Russian aircraft industry has developed and will soon
start producing stealth aircraft which will radically differ
from existing U.S. models. The Russian version uses plasma
screens to cushion and disperse radar waves, the Novye
Izvestia daily reports.

The newspaper quoted Anatoly Koroteyev, the head of the
Keddysh Research Center as saying that the plasma screen
technology can be used on any vehicle - from automobiles to
combat aircraft. However, it is most effective at high
altitudes and thus is best used by the air force.

Koroteyev said that the new technology employs a different
physical principle than the one currently used by existing
U.S. stealth aircraft - the F-117 and B-2. Instead of
reflecting the radar wave the Russian technology completely
disperses it by means of a plasma screen created by a mobile
plasma generator.

The generator is small and light. The device emits powerful
electron beams that ionize the air around the aircraft
effectively creating a plasma cloud around it.

The head of the Russian research institute said that initially
the plasma generator disrupted the work of on-board electronic
systems and prevented radio communication with ground control,
but the problems have been solved and the system has already
passed tests set by a Russian governmental commission.

Koroteyev added that the new technology can be used on any
aircraft, including older models and that it is radically
cheaper than the technology employed by U.S. stealth planes
while being just as effective, if not more so. He said that
the aircraft equipped with the Russian system will also be far
superior to U.S. models in their flight and combat
capabilities - as the use of the plasma screen makes it
unnecessary to alter the shape of the aircraft.

The newspaper writes that similar research is being conducted
in the U.S., but the Russian version is so far the only plasma
screen technology in the world.


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