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Beriev A-60 ('1A', '1A2') airborne laser lab

fightingirish

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Piotr Butowski @ Jane's said:
A concept for an airborne laser aircraft that Beriev submitted for a patent in February.
The document filed in February and viewed by Jane’s presents only illustrations of the patented aircraft and does not contain additional information. However the new aircraft is a conversion of an Il-76MD-90A heavy transport and the mirror system, by which the laser is directed on to the target, is placed inside a large drop-shaped fairing on front of the fuselage behind the crew cockpit.[...]
Twitter: Link/ Source (English): https://www.janes.com/defence-news/...s-to-patent-airborne-carrier-for-laser-weapon
Link/ Source (Russian): http://forum.militaryparitet.com/viewtopic.php?id=28075
Link/ Source (Italian): https://www.analisidifesa.it/2020/0...il-sistema-laser-imbarcato-russo-beriev-a-60/
It looks more anti-satellite now.:cool:
 

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I can only think "cg" range when I look at the big nose option.
 

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Is this program still under development? Also, regarding the question of intruding balloons, could these have been used for atmospheric sampling/weather reconnaissance, or could they have been from one of Russia's neighbours (most probably China)?
 
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