Hilarious... very entertaining.
Funny how they are so behind in fighter aircraft radar yet so far ahead in space tracking radar and over the horizon stealth fighter tracking radar...
When working together the Americans found that Russian space tracking was much much better and more accurate... they were able to track much smaller particles in space in earth orbit... down to objects the size of paint chips.
The radars they are putting on their tanks for the APS systems seem world class too.
Small portable battlefield radars were identified as showing they couldn't make thermal imagers... the French make small portable battlefield radars, so point clearly proven.... they are shit at IIR...
Most of the best features of electronically scanned radar antennas are achieved with PESA... what PESA lacks is not enormous and comes at the obvious significant price of having an array of essentially thousands of radar transmit and receive elements.
A very good PESA is going to have most of the best features of an AESA, but without the cost.
In 2014 Irbis-E, the best operational radar on a Russian aircraft has a SAR resolution of 3 meter as per the manufacturer (NIIP).
Obviously a western fighter has SAR resolution down to milimetres because when they murder people at weddings they want to make sure the bride is married and wearing a ring before they fuck her and her entire family and friends with some HE and shrapnel from the peace loving democratic west. The Grooms family are left alive... that is what they mean by surgical strike...
Synthetic Aperture Resolution is a reliable indicator of performance and level of technology. It’s proportional to the radar’s operational bandwidth, which is directly related to ECCMs (jamming resistance) and LPI characteristics.
That is amusing because those American F-35s on the Iran Iraq border that were being tracked by long wave ground based Russian radar located thousands of kms away likely had no idea they were being tracked...
Shorter wavelengths are more effected by RAM and stealth shaping.
A PESA radar with a smaller bandwidth is a serious disadvantage in today’s world where Self-protection ESM suite have become much more capable in last 20 years. In fact, today Su-35 is the only major front-line Fighter in the world without an AESA radar.
The Su-35 is the only fighter aircraft in the world with wing root mounted L band anti stealth fighter AESA radar... talk about LPI... western aircraft couldn't detect emissions in that range... but the Su-35 pilot could use it to locate a stealth fighter with an accuracy level good enough to then use the Irbis to detect the target without needing high power scanning.
Which is what you would expect from the only country that has faced the prospect of major enemy use of stealth aircraft... wonder how HATO will cope as Russia introduces more stealth platforms and weapons.
Russia until very recently relied on French Imaging IR sensors for their tanks
The Russians no longer trail the French in IIR sensors for armoured vehicles.... isn't that a good thing for Russia... few western countries could say they have better IIR sensors than France...
Su-35’s IRST, OLS-35 is using non-Imaging IR sensor, you can tell by the number of targets it can track – 4.
Yeah, this guy is an idiot. IRST is not and has never been a type of thermal imaging sensor.
An Imaging IR sensor can easily track in double or triple digits.
It could but then it would not be an IRST sensor it would be an IIR sensor...
So lack of industrial capability is the first and foremost reason for why Russia is yet to field an operational AESA radar on a Fighter.
Excessive cost without any obvious gain is why they have not rushed to put AESAs on fighters, and that is wrong because the MiG-35 has an AESA radar AFAIK.
The MiG-31 has had a PESA radar since the late 1970s.
Various enormous Soviet SAM systems have array radars of lots of different types and various OTH radars also have AESA radar arrays too.
They know how to make them... they can spend money where it makes sense to spend money... they make entire submarines out of titanium for goodness sake.
AESA radars in fighter aircraft is part of the reason F-35s cost 120 million dollars and Su-35s cost about 40 million.
Manufacturing capable AESA radars is a very expensive process, especially to break the initial cost curve.
The Russian MIC is state owned... economics does not come in to it in a commercial sense... there is no risk... the company will not fail...
The Su-57 has 5 AESA radars, the Su-35 has two, plus a hybrid in its nose, and the MiG-35 has one in its nose... and their new ships are fitted with them... even their tanks have them and their Ka-52K helicopters have them... soon everything will have them... it is in production that innovation takes place... components get smaller and lighter and cheaper and better performing and more reliable with fewer mistakes or problems or faulty units...
They are also on the verge of releasing the next gen radar that makes western super expensive super AESA radars look rather ordinary...
It’s only because of US military’s massive budget and demand combined with industrial capacity that it has been able to field 3 generations of AESA radars on Fighters when rest of the world barely fielded their first.
Good radars in shit planes... would rather go with what Russia has... good enough radars in affordable and capable planes... they haven't got an enormous number of them but they are part of an IADS that works so they don't need a lot of them like HATO does because HATO hasn't got anything without their fighters and AWACS platforms to direct them.