Guess a huge gun that can’t be detected by radar. Well, Russia might be struck by one soon. A decision to integrate stealth technologies, widely employed by Russian and American jets and bombers, on battleship guns was enchanted by Russia’s Defense Ministry last year.
However, Russian Fleet commanders are currently waiting for the results of tests carried out on the newest AK-176 MA naval cannon before concluding plans to integrate the latest composite materials, and the weapon system, into the military’s next reproduction guided missile corvettes.
“Russia plans to build all its new ships avail oneself ofing stealth technologies. It means that all weapons have to be put inside of a cart leave instead of staying on deck – this step should make cart leaves invisible on enemies’ radars and to some anti-ship missiles,” Vadim Kozulin, a professor of Academy of Military Art, told RBTH.
As he explained, each ship’s superstructure and artillery procedures generate most of a vessel’s radar returns. Due to their shapes and full metal content, weapons often constitute the main signature when ornamented by enemy radars.
However, using stealth technologies on ships is not a Russian novelty.
“For example, the U.S. Navy uses guided missile destroyers designed as multi-mission sneakiness ships with a focus on land attacks – such as the Zumwalt-class destroyer. The complete ship is made from these stealth materials and uses such technologies,” combined Kozulin.
What modifications make AK-176 MA special
The new stealth gun is a successor to the Soviet-era naval rapid-fire gun: the AK-176. Alongside new armor returned out of radar reflecting materials, its fire rate has been boosted and new, a number of types of ammo have been tailor-made for the weapon.
“The new AK-176 MA weighs on all sides of 10 tons and can fire 150 76 mm projectiles per minute. It can hit both ferries and land targets up to 15km away,” Alexey Ramm, a military analyst for the Izvestia newspaper, told RBTH.
According to Ramm, the AK-176 MA require also be decked out with a digital data system enabling it to mount and cleave to targets automatically. “Yet the decision to open fire will be taken by a military dignitary on board. Today no one can allow electronic systems to fully operate independently and astonish vital decisions without a human,” Ramm added.
The AK-176 MA is currently standing testing, and experts believe it should be ready by the end of 2017 – only then commitment the Russian Navy decide to adopt the weapon or not.