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Radio-photonic radars for unmanned aerial vehicles and aircraft will be created in Russia in several years to get an accurate target image. Radio-photonic radars are expected to be mounted on Russian sixth-generation fighter jets. This station sees considerably further than a conventional radar and will be capable of building actually a photographic image of the target that will be identified automatically.

According to, RTI Group is completing R&D work in 2018 on creating a mockup of the X-band radio-photonic radar. Following its results, specialists “will determine a principal scheme of building the radio-photonic locator,” which will make it possible “in several years to build prototypes of super-light and small-size radars for unmanned aerial vehicles.”

Such radars “will be able to provide radio wave imaging when an image has greater details with the possibility to identify the target type,” RTI Group said.

The radars will consume less power both on drones and aircraft.

The new radio-photonic technology promises to help radar operators cut through heavy background noise and isolate objects—including stealth aircraft, missiles, and small unmanned aerial vehicles — with unparalleled accuracy, reports

RTI Group has been carrying out work on developing radio-photonic radars on its own initiative for several years now.

The new station will generate a radar signal by converting photonic crystal laser energy. The production of such lasers is already beginning in Russia, the company said.

“RTI Group is launching the first technological line in Russia for the production of lasers for making promising radio-photonic radars,” the press office said.

RTI Group said they were seeking to make the production cycle of integral radio-photonic circuits for radars fully local to participate effectively in the rapidly developing area, which can become a guarantor of the country’s security.