Russia Has A Really Old Way of Making the Su-57 More Stealth

Russia Has A Really Old Way of Making the Su-57 More Stealth

Mark Episkopos

Security,

Russian state news asserts that the new pixelated camouflage provides a “low optical signature,” but what exactly does this mean?

Key point: More product recognition than performance. 

Russia has aggressively marketed the development of its flagship, fifth-generation stealth fighter over the past few months. Every new sighting of the Su-57 introduces features and changes that, when considered in their totality, give observers a sense of where the much-anticipated jet fighter’s production is headed.

Recently released video footage of two Su-57’s in Russia confirms earlier reports that the jet fighter is using a new, pixelated white/dark grey camouflage scheme. One of the showcased aircraft is darker than the other, suggesting that the Russian Air Force is still experimenting with the final tone.

Russian state news asserts that the new pixelated camouflage provides a “low optical signature,” but what exactly does this mean?

There are several ways in which camouflage can affect aerial performance. Its traditional purpose is to blend into the background, with lighter sky above and darker terrain colors below.

Background camouflage is most effective when precisely coordinated with the operating theater, such as using shades of brown or leopard patterns in the desert. While paint camouflage has also been used to distinguish friend from foe, there are now much more sophisticated, signal-based ways of doing this in modern aerial warfare.

The Su-57’s light accents are somewhat reminiscent of background camouflage, but the chassis’ combination of light tones with darker pixelation presents a jarring contrast with virtually any kind of terrain. Another factor is at play: the Su-57’s dark grey strip with pixelated edges is a type of digital multi-scale camouflage, which can serve a wide range of tactical purposes.

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