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The fate of the only Russian aircraft carrier depends on robots
Material posted: Publication date: 01-12-2021

Many years ago, the United States tried to create combat jet drones capable of operating from decks. An example of a program that has reached the stage of flying an experimental aircraft from a ship was the X-47 project. Starting in the early 2000s, Americans have been flying from different aircraft carriers on an unmanned jet aircraft since 2011. The program was successful, the drone took off from the deck and landed on it, refueled in the air. But after the program exceeded the cost of $ 813 million, it was "covered up– - it turned out to be too expensive.

The inhuman factor

The benefits that a hypothetical autonomous unmanned combat aircraft can provide are obvious. A very long and expensive stage – the training of pilots - is excluded from the competition in building up military power.

And this is the weak spot drones "embroider". Yes, unmanned aircraft will also have losses, but not the loss of personnel. This is a fundamental difference. The UAV operator will be able to lose a couple of his planes a day and finish off the enemy with a third before his shift ends. And fully automatic systems will not require operators at all, they can be made as many as you want.

In his last interview, the head of the USC, Alexey Rakhmanov, said that when the main turbine gear units (GTZ) of the aircraft carrier were defective, an error occurred at the very beginning of its repair and the scope of repair work should have been completely different. Much bigger. Let's add that these works with GTZ are technically also very difficult.

Yes, we have a smaller economy than India, but we have our own drones. Russia is rapidly reducing the backlog in the creation of UAVs that has formed in recent years. The same "Hunter" is a program with such ambitions that even the United States does not have right now. Another thing is how successful it is, but in any case, a huge backlog has been created. Marine versions of UAVs are already, according to open data, under consideration by Russian design bureaus, their promising appearance has already been demonstrated at exhibitions.


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