- Mar 27, 2019
I think you’re mixing up pretty much everything that goes into an engagement run. I would suggest maybe researching more into the system maybe would give you a better understanding than me explaining it as I might be missing a few key points. I’ding a target is different than continually lasing it. If that was not case, you don’t need any other system other than a dedicated laser guided system.Dude, Hellfire can be fired from behind a Mountain as well. It has three different LOAL modes, two of those allow the entire helicopter to hide behind the terrain feature and fire over the feature. Yes it needs a ground team or drone on the other side for lasing the target but so does NLOS. I mean, sure, NLOS can be controlled much like a your average TV guided missile, but what told you in real-time that there was a target 30 km at that location? Likely a drone or Infantry, right? So either way, you needed somebody at the target end for ID'ing the target, if not lasing it.
Anyways, we should build a desi NLOS ATGM. Purchase Spike NLOS as a stopgap till then, just like we purchased Spike MR till DRDO MPATGM comes online. Problem is, Army and Airforce don't seem interested in this capability for the next decade at least. Or else they would have mentioned it in the TPCR document.
There are two modes to NLOS if I’m not mistaken. One is GPS guidance. And the other is video loop. If the video loop is broken in the last few seconds, the onboard target acquisition sensor(image based) takes over. These are the details that I know. If you’re trying to say hellfire also works like this, then my mind’s blown.Like I’ve said, hellfire missile needs a direct line of sight lasing the target either from the heli or some guy pointing a laser at a target that might as well take him out.
You’re getting into the nuances of target acquisition now. Would you send out an lch or apache to take out targets only if ground based units are there to ID the target? Or would you send an Apache or lch to perform recce on its own and then lay waste? These are two different approaches. The first one is for CAS. The second one is for hunting. What the apaches do now in Ladakh is the latter. The go into the night and observe the Chinese side for any infiltration attempts. Couples together with drones, you have a far superior ID’ing capability.
Neither of these systems can take out a target more than 15 kms away at the moment. Taking out a target 30kms away, is ridiculous because you pretty much have no counter for such systems yet, and a swarm of lch’s would create so much nuisance. Words from a brigadier general of usarmy :
The standoff capability allows the fleet to target threats from a relatively advantageous position, as well as evade and penetrate enemy lines of defense, which leaves open a window for further maneuvering into denied territory.
Future Army aircraft with long-range precision munitions “presents multiple dilemmas,” Rugen said. “We are not tied to an airfield, we are not tied to a ship port.”
they trialled an attack on a pantsir system sitting well out of its defensive range.
Yeah, now if you’re talking about developing a SANT version with such range and capabilities, then go for it. Would take a decade(practically speaking). Making everything in house is not feasible or practical. First, SANT can be developed and utilized for the existing range and capabilities that it claims before trying to upgrade and use for these features.
And yes, NLOS can be used as a stop Gap.
You’re right. Army and AF don’t seem that interested now in such systems. Which is whatis intriguing. Maybe they have a different approach to war fighting.