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Cockpit glass stealth coating for Russian warplanes goes into production

MOSCOW, July 2. /TASS/. The composite material developed for the cockpit glass of Russian warplanes to cut significantly their visibility for enemy radars is already used in the domestic aircraft-building industry, spokesman for the Technologiya R&D Enterprise (the material’s developer) Sergei Ananishin told TASS on Monday.
"This material was developed purposefully, on order from our aircraft builders. It is already used," he said.
As was reported last week, the Obninsk-based Technologiya R&D Enterprise (part of RT Chemcomposite Group within state hi-tech corporation Rostec) has developed a special composite material for aircraft cockpit glass that increases radar wave absorption twofold.
"The pilot’s cockpit glazing is a major unmasking factor for the aircraft due to the low level of radar wave absorption. The innovative coating considerably reduces a combat plane’s signature for enemy radars," the Rostec press office said.
Industrial Director of the Rostec Conventional Armaments, Munitions and Special Chemistry cluster Sergei Abramov was quoted by the corporation’s press office as saying that "this product actually has no weak points: its use helps halve the weight of the pilot’s cockpit glazing and increase impact resistance. Besides, radar wave absorption increases from 40% to 80%".
TASS