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Originally posted by nightdeamon
no plane could out manuver a modern BVR missile.
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.
Originally posted by kilcoo316
If it happens to be true, would it mean abandoning the PAK-FA program and a focus on updates of the Flanker series?
Originally posted by R988
Wasn't Russia offering a plasma stealth device for sale not that long ago. Even if they do have it, and it can be easily fitted to existing aircraft, then the Typhoon, Gripen, Rafale etc will all probably get it added on. They will hardly be outdated overnight.
Also if plasma stealth does make a plane 'glow' when the device is being used then it will stand out at night, making visual intercepts easy. Also they will not easily be able to use their own radar (unless the russians have found a way around this) so they will be a bright glowing target in the sky, but of course only if someone is actually out there looking for them.
I still think the more 'conventional' stealth is a better choice, but plasma stealth would make stealth technology available to a wider variety of countries/and existing aircraft.