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Project A-60 News / Sokol-Echelon

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In the fall of 2013, reports appeared in the domestic media about the resumption of work on the creation aviation laser complexes. According to press reports, in the near future, the domestic defense industry was supposed to resume the project of a flying laboratory with A-60 laser equipment. The project was to be implemented by the Almaz-Antey Air Defense Concern, Beriev Aircraft Company and the Chemical Automation Design Bureau. Various features and prospects of the project were assessed, but until a certain time there was no official information about the project.


In the spring of 2014, the newspaper Strela, published by the State Design Bureau Almaz-Antey, published the first official information about the new project. It was reported on the completion of some preliminary work on the new project. In particular, by the time the publication appeared, part of the ground bench tests of the new equipment had been performed. In the future, it was supposed to install the necessary equipment at the flying laboratory and begin testing the complex in the air.

Since then, new information about a promising project has not appeared. Nevertheless, a few days ago some data appeared that directly or indirectly told about the current progress of the project of a laser-based air-based complex. Some open resources have published data on current plans and activities of the defense industry.

Project A-60 News / Sokol-Echelon


The blog Alexeyvvo.livejournal.com reports that the available information on the production of promising military transport aircraft allows us to build some assumptions about a number of new projects, including the development of a laser complex. Thus, the existing fleet of IL-76MD aircraft makes it possible not to send new IL-76MD-90А to the troops, but to use them as a basis for special equipment. In particular, the first serial IL-76MD-90А with the number 01-03 was transferred to the TANTK them. Gm Beriev, where it should be made the first model of the A-100 “Premier” early warning radar detection and control aircraft.

Earlier on some Internet resources rumors were published about the possible further fate of the second serial IL-76MD-90А with the number 01-04. It was reported that this machine could be transferred not to the military department, but to the Taganrog enterprise for use in a laser complex project. In mid-September, new data appeared, to some extent confirming these rumors.

September 14 TANTK them. Beriev published on the website of public procurement information on his new order. The purchase received the name "Implementation of the stage of an integral part of the development work on the topic" Ergonomic support for the development of the A-60SE aircraft at the ETP stage "and implies entering into a contract with a predetermined supplier.

The very name of the new procurement clearly indicates a project for the implementation of which the TANTK them. Beriev placed an order. The A-60 index was used to designate a flying laboratory with laser equipment, and the letters "SE" are most likely decoded as "Falcon-Echelon". This is the name given to the project of a prospective airborne laser complex.

The available data directly indicate the intention of the industry to build another flying laboratory with special equipment. That it is likely to be used in future trials and other works. It is unlikely that an existing sample will be tested. This machine, which received the designation 1А2, as far as is known, lost some of its special equipment a few years ago. In addition, in recent years, rumors have been circulating about the future write-off of this aircraft due to the use of resources.

Thus, the total number of prototype aircraft that participated in the A-60 project at different times will increase to three, although only one will be able to take part in the tests. Recall that the first prototype under the designation 1А1 was built in 1981 year and passed part of the tests. In 1989, it was lost due to fire. The second 1А2 aircraft first flew into the air and subsequently actively carried out the assigned tasks. In the foreseeable future, there will appear a third experimental aircraft with special equipment of a new type.

According to fragmentary data that does not have official confirmation, the last flights of the 1А2 aircraft were carried out in order to test the new equipment created in the framework of the Sokol-Echelon project. The next prototype, apparently, will receive a new laser equipment. This equipment was previously mentioned in some sources under the name 1ЛК 222. It was this system that featured in the 2013 fall messages of the year. Then it was claimed that part of the work on this project had already been completed and that testing of new systems should begin in the near future.

Thus, information about the project of a promising laser air-based complex is as follows. The completion of some stages of the development of the complex has been confirmed. Also reliably aware of the imminent appearance of a completely new or upgraded flying laboratory. Information about the specific composition of the equipment of this aircraft is not yet available. At the moment, only the designation of the complex is known - 1ЛК222.

Information on the connection of the Il-76MD-90А aircraft No.01-04 and the А-60 project has not yet received official confirmation. This machine can be used in the construction of a new prototype, but we cannot exclude another scenario. At the same time, rumors about the imminent write-off of the flying laboratory 1А2 can, to a certain extent, confirm the assumption of the future fate of the second serial IL-76MD-90А.

Due to the general secrecy, information about the Sokol-Echelon promising project and A-60 aircraft are fragmentary in nature and often do not have official confirmation or are based on rumors and assumptions. Nevertheless, even such unconfirmed data allows you to track the progress of work and draw some conclusions. We will continue to follow the promising domestic project and wait for the defense industry to announce its details of great interest to specialists and the public.


On the materials of the sites:
http://ria.ru/
http://svpressa.ru/
http://alexeyvvo.livejournal.com/
http://zakupki.gov.ru/
http://militaryrussia.ru/blog/topic-680.html
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Ivan Savickii / Russianplanes.net
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  1. dmi.pris
    dmi.pris 24 September 2015 06: 39 New
    +5
    The question is, why do we, mere mortals, have to see the progress of work on this topic in the public domain? You can of course let misinformation for analysts overseas .. But there are no fools.
    1. Engineer
      Engineer 24 September 2015 09: 02 New
      +6
      Why are you leading such a secret? The information is 0. Do you think this will interest any of the Western analysts? Secret information to me too ...
    2. engineer74
      engineer74 24 September 2015 10: 45 New
      +6
      Quote: dmi.pris
      The question is, why do we, mere mortals, have to see the progress of work on this topic in the public domain? You can of course let misinformation for analysts overseas .. But there are no fools.

      There is nothing strictly secret here, and every citizen should be aware of advanced DOMESTIC developments! Remember the “Soviet” times: everything was classified to such an extent that the citizens of the country had nothing to be proud of! Plus the fact that many technologies have a dual purpose: this MO laser will not like it - someone will attach it to fry shawarma and pay money! smile
      1. max702
        max702 24 September 2015 18: 46 New
        +1
        Quote: engineer74
        Remember the “Soviet” times: everything was classified to such an extent that the citizens of the country had nothing to be proud of!

        I will say more .. The higher the secrecy, the MORE the mess! Under this shop it is very convenient to write off incompetence and without housekeeping!
        1. Boa kaa
          Boa kaa 24 September 2015 20: 16 New
          +4
          Quote: max702
          The higher the secrecy, the MORE the mess! Under this shop it is very convenient to write off incompetence and without housekeeping!
          Do not smack nonsense: IT HURTS! (with)
          When conducting such work, nothing can be stolen, because everything is delivered at the first request of the developers.
          About the mess. Scientists work selflessly, enthusiastically, fanatically ... I’m not talking about clerks: plankton is the same everywhere ...
          About incompetence. He smiled very much, because the best minds of the country deal with these issues: Nobel laureates (not of the world, like Babama, but in physics, chemistry), world-famous scientists such as Velikhov, for example.
          So yours is not true! As the kids say. bully
      2. Ze Kot
        Ze Kot 26 September 2015 00: 26 New
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        Quote: engineer74
        classified everything to such an extent that the citizens of the country had nothing to be proud of



        I was proud of the Victory in the Second World War, Gagarin’s flight and Titov’s entry into space, a strong army and the fact that he was born in the USSR.
  2. Thor
    Thor 24 September 2015 07: 48 New
    +5
    Summary:
    "According to unverified rumors from some Internet resources, uncertain information probably has confirmation, but another development is possible.
    We look forward to continuing. "
    1. Alexey RA
      Alexey RA 24 September 2015 17: 41 New
      +1
      Quote: Thor
      Summary:
      "According to unverified rumors from some Internet resources, uncertain information probably has confirmation, but another development is possible.
      We look forward to continuing. "

      According to unverified data from anonymous sources. smile
  3. Engineer
    Engineer 24 September 2015 08: 59 New
    +4
    Yes, it was worth ruining everything for the 90s, so now try to make up for the achievements of the military-industrial complex of the Union!
  4. 31rus
    31rus 24 September 2015 10: 50 New
    +3
    One grandmother said ... why pour water? Need information go to the website of the Almaz-Antey enterprise, by the way there are cool photos and A-60 and ground installations, but you don’t need to know more, they will tell and show time
  5. Rusik.S
    Rusik.S 24 September 2015 12: 35 New
    0
    Well, at least they work in this direction. Already good
  6. IAlex
    IAlex 24 September 2015 13: 27 New
    +1
    Something reminds me of it. what , oh yes, we build roads like this, like we don’t have dough for 10 years to be allocated, then suddenly it is in the winter and asphalt is laid with quality control in the winter, then spring comes, and the asphalt with the snow and official grandmas floats away . And the taxpayers have to the MO only a few questions:

    1. Where is PAK FA?
    2. Where is the armata?
    3. Where are the boomerangs?
    3. Where are the surf / mistral?
    4. Where are the lasers?
    5. Where are the drone drone?
    6. Where are the former bases in Cuba and Vietnam now?
    7. Where is the domestic element base?
    8. Where is Krasnopol-D?
    9. Where is the warrior?

    Yes, damn it, I’ve already tired of listing all the boopers-wafers on which taxpayers were bred as suckers, raking in loot and everything will be done in the future ... Well, I’ll write an article that has nothing to do with business, well, I’d tell you how they drink coffee at the factory where lasers are developed, it would also be possible to tell how the director goes to sartier there, and most importantly, do not forget to share information on how the dog is on guard?
    1. BABAY22
      BABAY22 24 September 2015 15: 11 New
      -2
      There is no money, the crisis, oil is getting cheaper, sanctions are stifling, it’s not up to Almaty, you know ...
      We do not have enough to complete the houses ourselves. recourse
    2. Kingdino
      Kingdino 24 September 2015 19: 09 New
      -2
      Well then they will announce that it is unpromising and generally waron even the Americans have curtailed their program, nanorospil in action fellow
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  8. Mestny
    Mestny 25 September 2015 00: 22 New
    -1
    Quote: IAlex
    Something reminds me of what, oh yes, we build roads like this, like we don’t have 10 years to clear out, then it’s located and in the winter, asphalt must be laid on snow with quality control, then spring comes, and the asphalt together with snow and official grandmothers floats away. And the taxpayers have to the MO only a few questions:

    What nonsense ...
    Yes, where do you have it? Where is this fabulous country in which roads sail in the spring?
    Have you ever seen how and where they put asphalt?
    Where is Armata, where is the Warrior, where, where.
    And why is it for people who are not able to write the word "outhouse" without errors?
    1. Cat man null
      Cat man null 25 September 2015 00: 39 New
      0
      Quote: Mestny
      What nonsense ...
      Yes, where do you have it? Where is this fabulous country in which roads sail in the spring?
      Have you ever seen how and where they put asphalt?
      Where is Armata, where is the Warrior, where, where.
      And why is it for people who are not able to write the word "outhouse" without errors?

      ++++++++++ ...

      Class! White verse, practically laughing
    2. alex86
      alex86 26 September 2015 08: 21 New
      0
      Quote: Mestny
      Where is this fabulous country

      I live in it. I see the pictures of asphalt laid on snow and in puddles regularly. Some particularly patriotic comrades insist that this is normal and correct, but I dare to assure that there is no - asphalt should not be laid in rain or snow (but, again, they are laid regularly). Regarding the "where" - is it weak to answer a comrade in essence?
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  10. Peacemaker
    Peacemaker 25 September 2015 06: 08 New
    0
    The game will not fly away, it is fried.
    *.
    Chef, everything is lost, everything is lost! They remove the cast, the client leaves ... I will kill him, I will give you ...!
    Lelik
    *.
    As our dear chef says, the main thing in our business is this very realism! Ha-ha-ha-ha!