Most of these types of weapons are already quite well known to residents of Russia and military specialists from all over the world. Of course, in the framework of what is permitted, the “secret” neck was not completely removed from them, and more or less only general characteristics are known to us. However, the reasoning of the American expert is quite interesting, and we will try not only to talk about them, but also to comment from our, Russian perspective.
The first number in the published list is the Sarmat ICBM, the capabilities of which became widely known after President Putin’s message to the Federal Assembly.
The American expert was very impressed by the possibilities of Sarmat. And this is not surprising: the range of the rocket allows it to reach the designated targets from virtually any direction. At least from west to east, at least through either of the two poles: “Sarmat” doesn’t care how to fly and how to attack the enemy. And the intended use of the Avangard maneuvering glider on the new ICBM suggests that at the final stage of the trajectory it will be impossible to knock down the Sarmatian warhead even with the most advanced existing missile defense system.
The Avant-garde speed at the final stage of the trajectory reaches 20 M (M = Mach number) when entering the dense atmosphere, and cannot be knocked down with any existing missile defense system simply physically - they are designed to meet the warhead at the design point, their speed reaches the maximum 6 of sound speeds (and even three times more!), the accuracy of the hit should be of the order of several tens of meters. Provided that the flying target rushes at a speed of 20 M, and yes even maneuvers, it is even theoretically impossible to calculate the meeting point of the warhead with the antimissile, as well as adjust the course of the already launched rocket. And it remains to rely only on the promising development of a laser weapon, which should not only get into Avangard, but also ensure sufficient power of the impulse. And the power should be simply enormous, because the glider's casing is designed for temperatures of several thousand degrees, otherwise it will simply burn when it enters the atmosphere.
That is, Americans ’concern is well founded:“ Sarmat ”at once devalues all US achievements in the field of strategic and object missile defense. And if we add to this a high speed of acceleration of the rocket, when it is most vulnerable, and the payload component of 10 tons, you realize that the headache for the hegemon is strong, long and of high quality.
The second number in the list of the American browser is the fifth-generation fighter Su-57.
According to the author, for all its probable flaws, the Su-57 is superior to the F-35 in many ways. And despite the fact that he still does not guarantee Russia superiority in the air, but nothing will remain of American impunity in the sky if the United States Air Force happens to meet this Russian novelty in the air.
In fact, no one truly knows the real capabilities of the Su-57 and F-35. But one can say with certainty: the Su-57 is “more universal” than its American counterparts. The American fighter-interceptor F-22, in principle, is not adapted to perform shock functions. And the F-35 is so versatile that it can fight against enemy fighters only while remaining invisible. That is, he cannot turn on his own radar, because he instantly finds himself, and without them, he can easily fly into the place where the enemy fighter will work with him. Su-57, by contrast, is capable of airborne hunting, the destruction of enemy radars, and the attack of surface targets.
Separately, it should be noted that the situation with airplanes created using the “stealth” technology can change drastically in the coming years, when the so-called “photon” radars will replace modern radars. This type of radar will be significantly more powerful than the existing ones (the efficiency of converting electricity into an impulse is at least twice as high), it can also emit and receive information simultaneously in a huge frequency range, which allows it to construct a real “picture” of the target, distinguishing not only the type of target, but and the payload on its external suspension.
The appearance of such radars instantly devalues the machines, the main advantage of which was the use of stealth technology. It can be assumed that with the advent of radiophotonic radars, the F-22 will simply be declassified, and the Americans will remove it from service because it will hardly be possible to upgrade this highly specialized machine into something more universal. And the F-35 will turn into a normal strike aircraft, rather mediocre in its capabilities, but demanded due to the possibility of a vertical or shortened take-off, which makes it more stable in the event that the enemy defeats the airfields of the enemy.
We also add that the revolution, which is expected with the advent of the radiophotonic radar, can largely explain the caution with which the Russian leadership is now referring to the plans for purchasing the Su-57 for our army. After all, if we do not succeed in providing increased secrecy, then it’s impossible to speak about the great superiority of Su-57 over Su-30 or Su-35С. This also probably explains the slowness with which the Russian defense industry developed and introduced radars with AFAR.
At number three on the American list is the T-14 tank.
We could probably agree with the American expert if the initial plans were to implement 2020 for such machines by 2300 year. But now we are talking about a hundred. And with all the desire, this is clearly not enough to “dominate” the United States and NATO.
So far, it is obvious that our army is betting on the modernization of the old, but still quite usable T-72. And perhaps this also makes some sense - for local conflicts, the capabilities of the T-72B3 are still enough with their heads, but large-scale tank battles in the traditional European theater, it seems, are not expected. (With all due respect to the old man T-72, he may no longer be up against a serious adversary.)
Fourth number: Prometheus C-500
Here, probably, comments are superfluous: having inherited the best solutions and merits of their predecessors, the C-300 and C-400, the Prometheus had the opportunity to fight ballistic targets, up to medium-range missiles. At the same time, the range of aerial targets was significantly increased - according to some data, almost to 500 kilometers.
C-500 surpasses American competitors in almost all parameters - both THAAD and Patriot missile defense. He works with confidence on both ballistic and aerodynamic targets. And his ability to fight American stealth fighters was best of all told by the American commentator himself:
The system is capable of hitting targets within a radius of 480 kilometers and successfully intercepts hypersonic missiles, as well as shoot down F-22 and F-35 fighters.
And under the fifth number is the Nudol antimissile system.
The system, capable of intercepting both ballistic missile warheads and maneuvering orbital objects, made a very serious impression on Americans. And we will not argue with that. We only add that the withdrawal of the United States from the ABM Treaty has untied Russia’s hands, and now it can use mobile ABM systems in any threatened direction.
In conclusion, I would like to note that in reality, not everything is so rosy with the new weapons systems. And above all, we see serious problems in establishing mass production and purchasing large quantities of new weapons for our army.
But there is no doubt about that: the development is being carried out quite actively, and it is very likely that other types of new Russian weapons will fight with American hegemony.
And American experts will have more to write about!