Russia’s Nebo-M Radar, is it a scam or propaganda?

Russia’s Rostec advertised Nebo-M radars as the stealth detector which can detect advanced aircraft, including F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II of the United States, Almaz-Antey Director General Yan Novikov said.

“The Nebo-M radar is the menace to stealth technologies. It can see F-22, F-35 and so on perfectly well,” Novikov said during the New Knowledge educational marathon on Saturday, quoted by TASS.

However, Azerbaijan has successfully destroyed Armenian Nebo-M radar using Bayraktar TB2 drone which is an indication that the radar has some weaknesses detecting low speed low altitude object such as an UAV and UCAV.

Almaz-Antey, the developer and maker of Russian aerospace defense systems produces more than 30 types of mobile multifuncional radar systems.

According to the specifications of the export version of Nebo-M (55Zh6ME), radar envelope in circular scan mode is 10-400 km, in sector scan mode – 10-300 km. It interrogates, receives, processes, identifies, displays radar data coming through the friend-or-foe identification channel and feeds its user. The system is said to combine advantages of various frequency bands, to ensure the high rate of information updating, including data on high-speed and manoeuvring air targets, long-range detection of ballistic missile launches. The Nebo-M can exchange radar data in C4I environment.

Another major Russian development in the field of long-range radar systems is Rezonance-NE. It is a high-frequency radar against stealth aircraft that covers up to 400 km distance. It is said to be able to detect hypersonic ballistic missiles.

Failure to detect Bayraktar TB2 UAV is an indication whatever Russian says, in a real combat situation the Nebo-M radar is useless against Kamikaze drone and UCAV attacks.

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