According to a source in the defense industry and the official media messages, Our homeland plans to significantly increment financing for the development of technologies for testing «stealth». This writes janes.com December 16.
«In the current discussion talking about millions of rubles,» said IHS Jane’s defense industry source close to the program there.
Major challenges and research center, where it is planned to conduct these works will be carried out not in the Flight Test Center in Zhukovsky, and on another subject — Research Center defense (SIC VOP) in Tver, located 170 km from Moscow.
This object was the first place of tests and measurements on radar signature (RCS), which were conducted in the 1980-90 years, the Su-27 ‘Flanker’, Su-30 «Flanker-C» and Tu-160 «Blackjack».
Currently, the center is being upgraded to perform tests on the RCS fighter fifth generation T-50/PAK-FA bombers and subsequent generation PAK-DA, which is currently in the stage of conceptual design.
SIC defense was one of the central research and development institutions and the structure of the Air Defense Forces, when they were still separate military force. In the Russian Air Defense Forces during the country were considered a higher priority than ordinary Air Force, and their mission was to protect the USSR against a nuclear attack.
In 1998, the Air Defense Forces and the Air Force became a single view of the armed forces, with the latter assume the dominant role. With the object still in Tver, Russian views on industry sources, «had fallen into disrepair and has undergone several» waves «of staff reductions.» As said one of the employees of the Institute, Colonel Dmitry Ahmerov, «the center is not a lot of money allocated to finance the salaries of employees.»
Director of SIC Defense Alexander lieutenant said to be repaired before the end of the year and that is the new equipment for the measurement of effective surface cross section (RCS) models of different aircraft will be refurbished and three specialized test panel for testing missiles.
In addition to the main building, where the center of the object also has an outdoor test site area of more than 1 m. km, referred to as ERIC-1, which includes a radar signal device mounted on the 72-meter tower. This device irradiates model airplanes when they are moved along the system of cables at a height of 30 meters and determines the reflected radar signal. In November update ERIC-1 allocated about 1.7 million rubles, 5.6 million rubles more focused on upgrading shields ground for anti-aircraft missile tests.