The Russian  Sukhoi Su-34 fighter bomber, central to air operations in  Ukraine, faces advanced AI inspections for its cockpit.

Implementation of advanced inspections on Sukhoi Su-34

The  Su-34 Fullback‘s robust operational history in Ukraine has led it to be called the “workhorse” by Western media. This constant operation has increased wear in the cabin, especially on the windows.

The Sukhoi company, backed by a report from  RIA Novosti, has begun testing a novel inspection system based on a laser neuron powered by artificial intelligence. This mechanism aims to detect and evaluate microfractures in the Su-34 cabin windows in a record time of five minutes.

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The intense operation of the Su-34, with variations in altitude, speed and missions, has led to the aircraft experiencing wear and tear that exceeds the original technical specifications.

Operation of the laser neuron on the Su-34

This neural network’s operation principle is based on machine learning techniques ( AI-ML ). Some reports highlight that the laser implemented is of the  Spekle type, complemented with AI capabilities.

A spokesperson for the  Russian Air Force Academy indicated that this solution not only identifies existing cracks but also evaluates the probability of their appearance, providing areas of probable failure in the glass.

Currently, the system is in the testing phase, integrated into experimental aircraft. Despite being tested on Russian territory, the exact location of the military airfield remains unspecified.

Cockpit Monitoring System on the Su-57

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Another prominent system in cockpit defect monitoring is the  Cockpit Monitoring System (CMS)  of the  Su-57. This solution uses optical sensors and thermal imaging technology, offering constant monitoring for anomalies.

Upon detecting a crack, the CMS immediately notifies the pilot and the ground crew. In addition, it provides real-time information on the integral status of the aircraft, allowing precise maintenance interventions.

Western crack detection systems

The  Cockpit Crack Detection System (CCDS), developed by  XYZ Aerospace, is one of the Western autonomous systems designed to track cracks in fighter aircraft cockpits. Its operation is based on advanced imaging technology and laser projections.

AI-based laser neural network searches for cracks in the Sukhoi Su-34F-16 fuselage

The CCDS analyzes laser reflections in the glass to identify irregularities. This solution has been integrated into renowned fighter aircraft models such as the  F-16 Fighting Falcon and the  F-35 Lightning II.

GIMS Technology: Comprehensive Cabin Glass Monitoring

The  Glass Integrity Monitoring System [GIMS], an innovative creation of  ABC Defense Technologies, is based on an advanced architecture that combines multiple sensors and cutting-edge algorithms to monitor glass integrity in real-time.

To ensure accurate detection, it uses acoustic emission sensors together with strain gauges, allowing the identification of structural imperfections, from obvious cracks to microcracks imperceptible to conventional visual inspection.

Different NATO combat air platforms, such as the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Rafale have adopted its integration.

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ACCIS: Automated Cockpit Crack Inspection

DEF Aerospace Solutions  ‘  Automated Cockpit Crack Inspection System [ACCIS] uses the latest computer vision technology and high-definition cameras to scan and analyze cockpit glass for deficiencies.

Generating high-resolution images, ACCIS meticulously examines the glass surface, effectively identifying signs of damage or structural compromise.

This technology has been integrated into various combat aircraft of the Western alliance, including the  F/A-18 Super Hornet and the  Gripen E.

Characteristics and Operational Capabilities of the Su-34

The  Su-34  is a twin-engine tactical fighter aircraft of Russian origin, designed to execute long-range attack operations with air-to-air and air-to-surface capabilities.

In addition to its renowned avionics and robust engine, adapted for various operational conditions, it stands out for its diversified armament. The Su-34 is capable of carrying a varied arsenal, from guided munitions to anti-ship missiles, complemented by a 30mm cannon for CAS operations.

With superior avionics, the Su-34 manifests exceptional abilities in the combat theater thanks to its advanced targeting systems and electronic warfare capabilities.

Technical Aspects of the Su-34

AI-based laser neural network searches for cracks in the Sukhoi Su-34Russian Su-34. Image credit: Creative Commons

In technical terms, the  Su-34  boasts a top speed of Mach 1.8 and a tactical range that exceeds 1,000 kilometers. With a maximum takeoff weight of 45,100 kg, it is capable of operating at elevations of up to 15,000 meters.

Additionally, its advanced radar and navigation systems facilitate the execution of high-precision attacks and precise navigation in complicated operating environments.