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Foreign press: F-16 fighter will acquire 6th generation capabilities

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When equipped with the Viper Shield electronic warfare system, the F-16 will acquire 6th generation capabilities. The development of a new advanced electronic warfare complex has been entrusted to the Florida-based L3Harris Technologies technology company, which has entered into a contract with the American aerospace giant Lockheed Martin.


Such information is published in the foreign press.

This system will create a virtual electronic shield around the aircraft.

- said the vice president of the Florida company Ted Damaskinos.

According to the foreign press, this system will be installed on F-16 multipurpose fighters to protect them from radar and electronic threats. The L3Harris Viper Shield is said to keep these combat aircraft among the most efficient in the world.

The 30-year legacy of the F-16, combined with the advanced technology developed for the Viper Shield, provides fighters with unparalleled self-defense that helps ensure mission success.

- said the head of the department of space and onboard systems L3Harris Ed Seuss.

It is noteworthy that more recently in the United States it was argued that electronic warfare systems cannot be considered elements of a new generation of fighters.

The basic version of the Viper Shield is integrated into the fighter's fuselage to save space, allowing it to be used for additional capabilities.

American F-16 fighters are in service with 25 countries. They were adopted by the US Air Force back in 1979 and are still considered to meet modern requirements.
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  1. marchcat
    marchcat 24 March 2021 15: 10
    +22
    And why is the 6th generation at once, and let's say not 7 or 8, the numbers ended at 6 ???
    1. mojohed2012
      mojohed2012 24 March 2021 15: 16
      +4
      You misheard ... not 6, but 66 ...
      In general, even the requirements for the 5th generation are very vague and vague with clear boundaries, and the 6th generation, it seems, the experts from the United States themselves stated as: an unmanned glider, with percussion means inside the fuselage, with supersonic cruising speed and hypersonic afterburner, with the possibility of hovering in the air due to super-maneuverability, coverage that prevents detection by any radar systems, an electronic warfare system that provides remote jamming of electronic reconnaissance systems, radar, guidance and destruction ...
      1. Magog_
        Magog_ 24 March 2021 20: 26
        0
        Everything that you have listed here can be found in the Su-57, which the West (and even "drugan" China) stubbornly does not recognize as corresponding to the 5th generation. But the F-35 is undoubtedly the "fifth", and then, it turns out, and the F-16 had a chance even to become a "six"! The amers did not succeed with the creation of the fifth generation (for the F-22, places in the trash heap are ready!), So the next decade will get by with old run-in cars (F-15, F-16, F-18) - well, that's right ...
    2. Cananecat
      Cananecat 24 March 2021 15: 22
      +9
      The press is such a press ... just to blurt out. And have the F-16s not yet learned how to distort space and time around them? Why? I would read ...)))
      1. NIKN
        NIKN 24 March 2021 15: 30
        +5
        Quote: Canecat
        And have the F-16s not yet learned how to distort space and time around them?

        There are still problems with space, but over time, in my opinion, it is normal here, in front of the steam locomotive the Americans are jumping, as if overtaking time slightly. :))
      2. for
        for 24 March 2021 15: 34
        +4
        Quote: Canecat
        The press is such a press ... just to blurt out.

        Well, if she was criticizing the F16, that would be the right press.
      3. Bradley
        Bradley 24 March 2021 16: 31
        -2
        There are still problems with space, but over time, in my opinion, it is normal here, in front of the steam locomotive the Americans are jumping, as if overtaking time slightly. :))


        Considering the fact that the F-16 has both mass and speed during flight, it is quite logical to assume that yes, they have learned.
        Mass bends space, and speed bends time.
        1. Maki Avellevich
          Maki Avellevich 25 March 2021 07: 25
          -2
          Quote: Bradley
          Mass bends space, and speed bends time.

          the mass itself bends space.
        2. Dread
          Dread April 5 2021 22: 04
          +1
          Quote: Bradley
          Mass bends space, and speed bends time.

          You are all wrong - mass bends both space and time! An example is a black hole! Speed ​​does not bend, but slows down time, while the mass of the aircraft with fuel, when flying at the speed of light, tends to infinity ...
          1. Bradley
            Bradley April 7 2021 23: 48
            0
            Velocity = mass, so yes.)
      4. pytar
        pytar 24 March 2021 17: 20
        +6
        The press is such a press ... just to blurt out. And have the F-16s not yet learned how to distort space and time around them? Why? I would read ...)))


        In the given case, it seems to me, the anonymous author who wrote the material on VO! Distorted things, for some reason ... wink
        Foreign press: F-16 fighter will acquire 6th generation capabilities.
        After being equipped with the Viper Shield electronic warfare system, the F-16 fighter will acquire the capabilities 6 generation... Development of a new advanced electronic warfare complex .... Such information is published in the foreign press.


        Which of the foreign press, the author "forgot" to say ... Pointed on the Lockheed Martin website - https://www.lockheedmartin.com

        I looked there for info ... Here is a single article in which it says something like this:


        Then we translate the text:

        Three reasons the F-16 Block 72 is the perfect bridge to fifth generation capabilities
        This is not your standard fourth generation aircraft. The F-16 Block 72 incorporates the latest advances in technology and combat capabilities, many of which can be attributed to the fifth generation. Here are three reasons why the powerful F-16 Block 72 could serve as a bridge between Indonesia's current F-16 fleet and fifth-generation aircraft like the F-35 ... etc!

        "Bridge to the 5th generation" , in short, the meaning of the expression is like that of rus-media - modernized versions MiG and Su usually called 4 +++, adapter to the 5th generation. Not a word about the 6th!

        Note: Perhaps I did not find exactly that article, well then tell me where is it on the Lockheed Martin website - https://www.lockheedmartin.com ??? request
        1. Magog_
          Magog_ 24 March 2021 20: 42
          0
          modernized versions of the MiG and Su are called like 4 +++,
          Well, we have just with the classification everything is competent and understandable: whoever dabbled in programming, understands that 4 ++ when executed equals 5. Thus, we have such a transparent hint that most of the decisive requirements of the "five" when modernizing machines are quite are achieved.
    3. Incvizitor
      Incvizitor 24 March 2021 15: 32
      +1
      Yes, you can name the 20m, maybe whatever fools will lead and buy.
      1. Alex_You
        Alex_You 24 March 2021 16: 49
        -1
        Quote: Incvizitor
        Yes, you can name the 20m, maybe whatever fools will lead and buy.

        Yes, even the 35th, the plane is good, that's why they buy it.
    4. antivirus
      antivirus 24 March 2021 17: 46
      -1
      it is necessary to justify "for having no analogue in the world 35". praise what they indicated
    5. TermNachTer
      TermNachTer 24 March 2021 19: 07
      -1
      They removed it from the language, I just wanted to drop a line: "Why waste time on trifles, let's get the 7th right away"))) just justify it from the point of view of radio electronics)))
  2. svp67
    svp67 24 March 2021 15: 12
    +2
    It is strange that the electronic warfare system suddenly begins to turn the "old man" of the "war falcon" into an aircraft with the capabilities of a non-existent generation ... In general, who has a clear understanding of what the SIXTH generation of combat aircraft is?
    1. krops777
      krops777 24 March 2021 15: 19
      +1
      In general, does anyone have a clear understanding of what the SIXTH generation of combat aircraft is?


      With the fifth, there is no clear definition, and with the sixth, even more so there will not be.
      1. dorz
        dorz 24 March 2021 16: 14
        +2
        In the sixth generation, Artificial Intelligence will control air combat:

        For example, a neural network algorithm developed by Heron Systems won a series of five melee dogfights during the AlphaDogfight Trial competition.

        His opponent was a living person - an experienced US Air Force instructor. The tests were carried out on the FlightGear simulator, which simulates the F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter.

        The results obtained should form the basis for the creation of a trainable artificial intelligence system Air Combat Evolution, which will be able to conduct maneuverable air combat.
        1. svp67
          svp67 24 March 2021 17: 53
          -3
          Quote: dorz
          In the sixth generation, Artificial Intelligence will control air combat:

          The Su-57 has such functionality, not only is it capable of flying and landing on its own, without the help of a pilot, it is also capable of controlling "slave" UAVs, again on its own. But that doesn't make it a "sixth generation" aircraft.
          1. mvg
            mvg 24 March 2021 21: 01
            0
            he is able to fly and land himself, without the help of the pilot, he is also able to control the "slave" UAVs

            As soon as he learns how to run around for beer at Pyaterochka, right away ..
            How long has he been able to take off and land himself? The UAV also controls .. nothing sticks together?
            1. svp67
              svp67 25 March 2021 04: 52
              -2
              Quote: mvg
              How long has he been able to take off and land himself?

              So far, the conversation was only about "emergency unmanned return and landing at the base." One of its creators told about this in one of the interviews. wink
              Quote: mvg
              nothing sticks together?

              Somehow I did not check
    2. BABAY22
      BABAY22 24 March 2021 15: 22
      +11
      Google knows everything! wassat
      He says, here:

      experienced sample!
      yes
    3. figwam
      figwam 24 March 2021 15: 23
      -1
      Quote: svp67
      In general, someone has a clear understanding

      No, so you can hang noodles if only they bought it.
    4. sabakina
      sabakina 24 March 2021 15: 56
      +4
      Quote: svp67
      In general, does anyone have a clear understanding of what the SIXTH generation of combat aircraft is?
      There is. Sergey, have you seen a UFO? I have seen. But the F-16 does not pull in any way, even with AI.
    5. pytar
      pytar 24 March 2021 17: 37
      +1
      It is strange that the electronic warfare system suddenly begins to turn the "old man" of the "war falcon" into an aircraft with the capabilities of a non-existent generation ... In general, who has a clear understanding of what the SIXTH generation of combat aircraft is?

      It's strange that on VO, they turned the text from the original https://www.lockheedmartin.com: "F-16 Block 72 is the Ideal Bridge to Fifth-Generation Capabilities (F-16 Block 72 is the ideal bridge to fifth generation capabilities)" в "The F-16 fighter will acquire the capabilities of the 6th generation." lol
      1. TermNachTer
        TermNachTer 24 March 2021 19: 37
        0
        Difficulties in translation, especially if the text is specific - technical)))
  3. Well done
    Well done 24 March 2021 15: 20
    0
    Advertising. The notorious PR.
  4. sgr291158
    sgr291158 24 March 2021 15: 21
    0
    Something suggests that this is idle chatter.
  5. Guru
    Guru 24 March 2021 15: 21
    -1
    F-16 fighter will acquire 6th generation capabilities
    Well, what a modest total is the 6th generation.
  6. Alien From
    Alien From 24 March 2021 15: 22
    +1
    They taught that it is not good to point with a finger ....... but his (6th generation), besides pictures, did someone see .....? what
  7. Cowbra
    Cowbra 24 March 2021 15: 23
    +1
    The 5th generation did not have time to "fail" - the 6th generation immediately began to "fail", that's what I understand, turbo storytellers! Don't forget to visit Goodwin first!
    Fuck right away on the 10th! Each fighter will be stuck on Chewbak's forehead, like in the Millennium Falcon.
    If they flew not on the taxiway, but on the whistle, the Pentagon would have gone into space long ago
  8. Niko
    Niko 24 March 2021 15: 24
    -2
    Sixth, not sixth, funny of course, but one thing is clear people are working, and not only on projects, and if something really turns out, they will not have to wait and wait and wait for what they boasted in front of them in the parade, but they will get ready cars, quickly and as much as you need
  9. svoit
    svoit 24 March 2021 15: 25
    0
    Quote: svp67
    Strange

    It was just that until now, protection was supposed to be provided due to maneuverability, a decrease in EPR, an increase in speed, but now it turned out that electronic warfare will do.
  10. Thrifty
    Thrifty 24 March 2021 15: 25
    -1
    If I have a smartphone that supports 5G networks that do not work in Russia, can I consider myself the owner of a supercomputer? How can an electronic warfare system change the generation of an aircraft to the next? Or is it also created using stealth technology, creates a virtual flat nozzle for the aircraft, and by the fact of being on board allows the F16 to fly on non-afterburning supersonic? ??
  11. APASUS
    APASUS 24 March 2021 15: 30
    +2
    Since when did electronic warfare begin to increase the generation, moreover, immediately from 4 to 6?
    1. sabakina
      sabakina 24 March 2021 16: 06
      +1
      Quote: APASUS
      Turkey

      Pavo, right, you are so small. Working Emotional Bureaucrat wrote in the report that 6th generation, EVERYTHING! The Pentagon saluted an empty head.
  12. rocket757
    rocket757 24 March 2021 15: 35
    +1
    Foreign press: F-16 fighter will acquire 6th generation capabilities
    Well, yes, it will become "smarter" look, at this, sho is prepared for him, he will send everyone to the afig and FLY !!! far, far away!
  13. book
    book 24 March 2021 15: 39
    +1
    you can give them ut-2 with the newest rab they will have 7 generation
  14. Split
    Split 24 March 2021 15: 43
    +2
    Give a 6th generation corn maker! What about? good In! (from)
  15. svoit
    svoit 24 March 2021 15: 52
    -1
    Quote: Thrifty
    Or is it also created using stealth technology

    Or maybe she and the nozzle and non-forcing nafig are not needed if protection can be provided differently?
    1. Thrifty
      Thrifty 24 March 2021 16: 28
      -1
      svoit - how else? How will electronic warfare help against fire from a conventional aircraft cannon? The all-round rocket is also not a panacea, if your plane can accelerate to 2000 km / h on afterburner, burning more fuel and faster than mine, which easily picks up speed of 1800 km / s with non-afterburner thrust, and has super-maneuverability, which allows you to break away with the help of a maneuver from pursuer missiles ...
  16. sanches-nk
    sanches-nk 24 March 2021 16: 31
    +1
    The funny thing is that when our specialists on the SU-57 stated that the main feature of our 5th generation aircraft was the electronic warfare system with digital radio frequency memory technology, then everyone around began to whine that this was nonsense, etc. If the Americans declare, then immediately everyone starts nodding, they say this is great ...
  17. Kostadinov
    Kostadinov 24 March 2021 16: 56
    0
    The 7th generation will be a Saber with this system, and the 8th will be a Mustang P-51.
  18. Light
    Light 24 March 2021 17: 02
    -1
    Yes, marketing is senseless and merciless) Campaign, they have problems with the fact that someone would get them in, 6th generation, PPC)
  19. svoit
    svoit 24 March 2021 17: 13
    -1
    Quote: Thrifty
    how else?

    Rather planes will run out than missiles and it will come to guns. The plane will simply not be allowed within the range of a cannon, it would be good to learn how to shoot down missiles from a cannon. The maneuverability of missiles is much greater at short and medium distances than a manned aircraft, so it will be impossible to escape
  20. Viktor Sergeev
    Viktor Sergeev 24 March 2021 18: 02
    0
    No, really, why not the tenth? This turns out the Su35 is already the sixth, and the Su34 is somewhere in the area of ​​7.
  21. TatarinSSSR
    TatarinSSSR 24 March 2021 19: 07
    0
    It feels like the Pentagon needs to somehow justify the further maintenance in combat capability of two thousand old F-16 fighters of various modifications, which are in the ranks of the US Air Force.
  22. Grits
    Grits 25 March 2021 02: 01
    -1
    Mongolia immediately passed from the feudal system to socialism, bypassing the formation of capitalism, as the textbooks of the USSR taught us. So why doesn't the 30 year old fighter jump straight into the UFO formation? The main thing is to write it down in the textbook.
  23. Ros 56
    Ros 56 25 March 2021 18: 30
    0
    Yes, even the 46th. First you need to do something, and sawing the loot, this is a slightly different job. laughing
  24. Modun
    Modun 26 March 2021 13: 48
    0
    A beautiful and versatile aircraft. Honor and praise to its creators