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'Invisible' Russian Jets Evade Enemy Thanks to Electronic Countermeasures

© Sputnik / Dmitriy Vinogradov / Go to the mediabankA Su-34 strike fighter with the Khibiny ECM modules on the wing tips
A Su-34 strike fighter  with the Khibiny ECM modules on the wing tips - Sputnik International
More Russian warplanes will be equipped with state-of-the-art Khibiny electronic countermeasures systems in the near future, according to RIA Novosti.

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A greater number of Russian military jets, including Su-34 strike fighters, will be equipped with sophisticated Khibiny electronic countermeasures (ECM) systems in the immediate future, RIA Novosti quoted Igor Nasenkov, first deputy head of the Russian Company Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET), as saying.

The Khibiny system provides individual aircraft with protection against enemy fighters' missile attacks and ground-based air defense systems. Thanks to this ECM system, Russian warplanes can become invisible to their enemies, according to KRET.

© Photo : Vitaly V. KuzminThe state-of-the-art ECM system Khibiny
The state-of-the-art ECM system Khibiny - Sputnik International
The state-of-the-art ECM system Khibiny

Nasenkov, for his part, said that KRET has produced "a great many" Khibiny systems for the Russian Armed Forces in the past year. He did not elaborate.

The Khibiny is a small torpedo shaped container which is mounted on the wingtips of aircraft and increases the survival rate of the planes by 25-30 percent.

© Sputnik / Dmitriy Vinogradov / Go to the mediabankThe Su-34 lands at Latakia airport, Syria. File photo
The Su-34 lands at Latakia airport, Syria. File photo  - Sputnik International
The Su-34 lands at Latakia airport, Syria. File photo

After an aircraft receives an alert of a missile attack, the Khibiny system starts to cover it with a protective radio-electronic hood, which prevents enemy guided missiles from impacting the plane and diverts them elsewhere.

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As far as the Su-34 is concerned, the system provides the jet with electronic warfare capabilities and enables it to carry out effective electronic countermeasures against radar systems, anti-aircraft missile systems and airborne early warning and control aircraft.

KRET, Russia's largest radio-electronics holding company, was founded in 2009. The holding, which unites over 95 companies, is part of Russia's state technologies corporation Rostec.

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