Russia is coming up with new options for protecting combat aircraft from drones

The Russian Army continues to look for ways to protect combat aircraft from attacks by Ukrainian Armed Forces drones. True, the options with which the military hopes to protect combat vehicles from drones raise a lot of questions. The scandal with the tires that were used to cover the plane at one of the airfields had not yet subsided when photographs of a certain metal structure appeared on the Internet, which, according to its developers, should ensure the safety of the plane while parked.

Externally, the structure shown in the photo resembles a veranda into which an aircraft is driven in between combat missions. The authors of this know-how, apparently, believe that this will help protect combat aircraft from non-combat losses. At the same time, the issue of building concrete hangars, as is done in most armies of the world, remains open.

Russia is coming up with new options for protecting combat aircraft from drones

Let us remind you that recently the Ukrainian army managed to destroy several Russian combat aircraft at airfields. Unmanned aerial vehicles were used to attack air harbors where, among other things, strategic aviation aircraft were based. Airplanes parked in the open air at airfields became easy prey for Ukrainian UAVs.

Let us note that military science has not yet come up with anything better than concrete hangars in which aircraft take shelter in the intervals between combat missions. And, frankly speaking, in this case there is no need to invent something innovative. Metal verandas and rubber tires are unlikely to help in this regard.
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  1. Alexander Popov Offline Alexander Popov
    Alexander Popov (Alexander Popov) 10 September 2023 09: 30
    Our Minister of Defense is a builder, apparently, this was done on his recommendations.
  2. prior Offline prior
    prior (Vlad) 10 September 2023 10: 41
    An airplane is not a premium personal car that needs to be built for it, in the sense of a hangar.
    Isn’t that right, Mr. Official?!
  3. In passing Offline In passing
    In passing (Galina Rožkova) 10 September 2023 11: 17
    One of the local concrete producers cannot find an approach to the major from the “economy” unit. But the metalheads found it.
    1. vaseja95 Offline vaseja95
      vaseja95 10 September 2023 11: 38
      Metal construction with mesh is cheap and simple, and most importantly mobile. Concrete is time-consuming and expensive, and it can’t be moved if necessary. And here there are no problems with snow or rain - the mesh is just that - a mesh. They will reinforce the bottom of the supports with containers of water, like plastic fencing on roads. The mesh will be made not only on top, but also on the sides, front and back. The issue with drones will be closed cheaply.
  4. svoroponov Offline svoroponov
    svoroponov (Vyacheslav) 10 September 2023 11: 42
    Do you have any idea what a concrete parking hangar is? Well, for fighters, I imagine I was once stationed in one myself. But for example, for the Tu-160 or Tu-95 and the like? A cyclopean structure will be required, not just one, but hundreds. At all airfields where they can be deployed.
    Well, what about for active aircraft arriving from a mission and again preparing for a combat mission? Drive them into similar concrete hangars that were built before? After all, the board cannot turn around there on its own; it is turned there in front of the hangar and rolled up with its tail so that it faces the exit gate with its nose and, after starting the engines, can taxi on its own. How long will this take? Well, okay, we direct the board from the runway to the hangar. Can you imagine the gates of this hangar? If the drone is with a camera, then it will fly overboard through the gate. A person will not close these gates or open them, they weigh many tons. You can't close it instantly. But if they are damaged when closing or opening, then the board in the hangar is not operational until they are replaced or repaired, and this may take several days. In general, anyone who has encountered similar concrete shelters can realistically assess the state of affairs.
    So, in the end, this means developing a lightweight, quickly erected and maintainable structure to protect aircraft that have returned from a flight and are preparing for a second flight. The guys are doing everything right, looking for options.
    1. Alexey Lan Offline Alexey Lan
      Alexey Lan (Alexey Lantukh) 10 September 2023 15: 02
      Well, at least, if there are ten aircraft parked at forty parking lots, then if all of them are covered not just with a net, but with camouflage, so that the place is not visible, then the probability of destruction will be reduced by 4 times. And this is not little.
    2. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 11 September 2023 16: 49
      Firstly, we need protection not only from UAVs, but also from the weather, which often does not spoil us. Indoor service is much better, faster and more comfortable. The most optimal is an arch made of a thin-walled layer of reinforced concrete (so 5 cm). And build for large aircraft in an inverted T plan, with the tail inserted into the base, and the wings on a perpendicular line. That is, the hangar is not square, but T-shaped, that is, of two mutually prependicular arches. Work out an economical option and build it in series, with the supply of utility networks. Airplanes cost hundreds of millions of dollars, but a hangar will not be built for one million. This is ossified from earlier times, when there was a mass availability of fairly cheap aircraft, but today, on the contrary, aircraft are expensive and are counted in pieces.
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  6. k7k8 Offline k7k8
    k7k8 (vic) 10 September 2023 16: 37
    Note that nothing is better than concrete hangars

    All that remains is for the author of this opus to be able to justify the minimum construction time, cost estimate and mobility of concrete shelters. And all this taking into account the size of long-range and strategic aircraft.
  7. wlkw Offline wlkw
    wlkw (Vladimir) 10 September 2023 21: 49
    Bullshit, I can’t say anything more.
  8. Rhetorical Rita Offline Rhetorical Rita
    Rhetorical Rita (Rhetorical Rita) 11 September 2023 11: 59
    The chickens laugh! Just like “tire chain mail”!
  9. Boa kaa Offline Boa kaa
    Boa kaa (Alexander) 11 September 2023 15: 27
    The so-called “ribs” are placed on top of these metal “ribs.” Sandwich panels. The essence is a metal frame box over the aircraft. Cheap and cheerful: it will protect from bad weather and from light drones too.
    Why didn’t our civil engineers think of this before is the question of 1 greens!!!