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Ad Astra: Russian Tu-160 and PAK DA Strategic Bombers to Use Star Power

Sputnik News

18:33 30.06.2015(updated 21:08 30.06.2015)

Jamming Russian long-range bombers' navigation satellite systems will not throw them off course. They will navigate using stars.

Russian long-range aircraft such as Tu-160 strategic bombers will be equipped with a technologically new system that figures out a plane's coordinates based on the position of the stars.

The new ANS-2009 astronavigation system can determine an aircraft's position and speed with high precision.

Its main advantage over other systems is that this method 'is supremely reliable in combat conditions when navigation satellite systems (NSS) can be brought out of operation by an enemy,' the manufacturer's press service said.

The integration of ANS, NSS and platformless inertial navigation systems aboard would allow a plane's coordinates to be calculated with maximum precision.

The technical achievements realized in the ANS-2009 will be used in the next-generation strategic bomber PAK DA, the Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (KRET) added.

The Russian Tu-160 is a supersonic variable-sweep wing heavy strategic bomber/missile carrier. It can engage targets around the globe with nuclear and conventional weapons.

Moscow decided to renew the production of the world's largest supersonic bomber jets and modernize them.


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