RUSSIA’S 6TH-GENERATION FIGHTER JET TO GET LASERS
Russian Vice-Premier Dmitry Rogozin announced in March 2016 that Russia had started work on an advanced 6thGeneration fighter jet. Radio-Electronic Technologies Group (KRET) is developing onboard equipment and electromagnetic weapons for future fighter aircraft on its own initiative. Adviser to the First told TASS that, “We already have laser protection systems installed on aircraft and helicopters and now we are talking about developments in the field of powered lasers that will be able to physically destroy attacking missiles’ homing heads.” He added that in addition to electromagnetic guns, the fighter jet will also get guided electronic munitions. The Sixth-generation fighter jets will perform ‘formation’ flights where one or two
manned aircraft will fly alongside 20-30 drones that will be capable of carrying any weapons.