- May 30, 2017
Wasn't Akash, which is based on the 3M9 missile of the 2K12 Kub, technically the "first" sfdr ?
It is quite difficult to believe that USA which is pouring 100 billion USD for next gen air defence development is not working on best AAM technology. I tried to do some research on the same and can't even find under development projects for AAMs with SFDR except DRDO's. All developed or under developed missiles are SAM or anti ship or air to surface. Can't pin point any reason for it. Even our ramjet tech is developed from help by Russia and they themselves are not working on any such AAMs. Seems quite strange.
US has loads of shelved research which can be operationalized.I don't know... USA didn't even manage dual-pulse or TVC in their AIM-120. I'm starting to think they waste more money than they utilise.
So in context of this musing of mine a whileSo here is something I wanted to discuss with you all as I was curious. I remember reading on wikipedia that the 9M97E missile of the S-400 system can be used as a scout, using its radar seeker to locate air borne targets beyond the horizon of the ground radar, and sending the target information to the command and control vehicle through data link. Although that part seems to have been removed from the article since.
This made me think- Brahmos is soon going to have an SAR seeker. With this seeker, Brahmos would be able to form an image of the target area in its onboard computer, allowing it to more effectively locate targets amid ground clutter. So is it possible to develop a variant of brahmos, in which the warhead is replaced with equipment for satellite data link? This variant could reach airbases and other instillations deep inside enemy territory, and send their SAR images back through data link.
You might think this could also be done by drones. But since drones have to fly back to base, their effective range is cut by half. Brahmos on the other hand, will be able to utilize its full range (which could ultimately be over 800 km), allowing it to image instillations much further away. Another advantage brahmos would have is its speed, allowing it to reach the target location and send back images in a matter of minutes, even if the target location is 800 km away. Subsonic drones can't match that.
Suppose brahmos sends SAR images of an airbase 800 km away, and the SAR images show multiple enemy aircraft on the tarmac (like stratrgic bombers). A number of conventional brahmos missiles could then be launched, and owing to their speed, they could reach the air base and hit the aircraft on the tarmac, before they are able to take off. The whole process of the scout brahmos reaching the base, sending back the images, conventional brahmos missiles reaching the base and hitting the aircraft, would be completed in a matter of minutes.
The valuable intelligence obtained from the SAR images could also be advantageous in helping with battle planning. And this strategy would also help with better utilization of missiles. We would have to launch just one scout missile at each enemy airbase, and find out exactly how many aircraft are present and in which airbases. Than the number of conventional missiles launched at those bases will depend on the number of aircraft found in them. What do you all think? Is this something doable and worthwhile?
They don't that's why they are now going for aim 260.Still without dual-pulse I don't see how they can hope to match energy of same 160km Astra Mark2 at beyond 100km range.
US started development, developed and successfully tested and then idea is benched and that too multiple times 20 30 years before everyone in the world. It seems more of propaganda than missile development. They developed AAMs with longer range and never put them in production without any reason seems out of left field for a country who waste money in defence like nobody's business.US has loads of shelved research which can be operationalized.
They tested the SFDR concept back in the 1950s with Project Crow and RARE.
in the 70s, the ASALM had a ramjet.
F-22 was supposed to have a stealth AAM with ramjet.
Not to mention, Meteor itself would not exist today, if history played out differently.
4 October 1995
Graham Warwick/ATLANTA THE US GOVERNMENT has agreed to transfer to the UK development of an advanced ramjet for its future medium-range air-to-air missile programme, but how much of this work would be performed in Europe remains under debate. Hughes plans to offer an extended-range...www.flightglobal.com
For now apparently they're working on the AIM-260 and LREW
Perhaps after Yugoslavia fell in early 90’s they never was much use of long range AAM, last of serious air battles of US airforce were during that war.US started development, developed and successfully tested and then idea is benched and that too multiple times 20 30 years before everyone in the world. It seems more of propaganda than missile development. They developed AAMs with longer range and never put them in production without any reason seems out of left field for a country who waste money in defence like nobody's business.
Even if all this is true fact of the matter is there is no operational AAM with SFDR except meteor and that is still a mystery. Only reason that might be possible explanation seems to be that except meteor no other AAM mainly from rival nations like Russia and china had any kind of edge over AIM-120. A very strange fact though.
For nations like US and Russia which have been traditionally defence exporters, its just not about wars or threats for their country but to places where there armaments go. Wars makes money for exporters and has been pure business for a long time now. Defence complexes spending so much on lobbying is for same reason. As AIM had superiority over rival aircraft armaments, no one bothered. As Russia and China started long range development, US also jumps in. U will see more of this happening as and when India grows as defence exporter.Perhaps after Yugoslavia fell in early 90’s they never was much use of long range AAM, last of serious air battles of US airforce were during that war.
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