We’ve gotten our first glimpse of the MQ-25 Stingray fitted out with its underwing refueling pods. Together with new missiles, it could restore the long-distance striking power the Navy gave up when it retired its A-6 bombers and F-14 fighters.
U.S. Aircraft Carriers Lack Striking Range. This Tanker Drone Could Change That.
https://iz.ru/972679/anton-lavrov-roman-kretcul/odnim-makhom-rossiia-razrabatyvaet-oruzhie-protiv-giperzvukovykh-raket The Ministry of Defense has made a fundamental decision to develop a multifunctional long-range intercept missile system (MFRK DP) for the MiG-31 fighters and the promising MiG-41, capable of hitting hypersonic ammunition. According to Izvestia sources familiar with the situation, theoretical studies have already been carried out on an ultra-long-range air-to-air missile with a multiple warhead. Now the characteristics and composition of the complex are being determined. According to Izvestia, one of the candidates for the role of a submunition (head units) is the promising K-77M medium-range aviation missile.
The complex being developed is one of the options for such protection. The airborne heavy high-speed ammunition will deliver a warhead with several modern air-to-air missiles to a distance of several hundred kilometers. Then they will separate from the carrier and begin to search and attack targets on their own. An active homing head with its own radar will help them in this.
Such a system makes it possible to destroy objects at long range, noted military expert Dmitry Kornev. This is necessary, for example, in order to hit the carrier before it releases its missiles.
“ An ordinary anti-aircraft missile has one warhead,” he told Izvestia. - The probability of a miss on a hypersonic maneuvering target is very high. But if one ammunition carries several homing shells, then the chances of hitting a high-speed object increase significantly.
According to the expert, in the case of firing the IFRK DP at hypersonic targets, all warheads will be displayed at a pre-calculated point on the trajectory of the flying ammunition and attack it head-on. The use of an ultra-long-range missile will expand the interceptor's engagement zone.
The use of the complex will be especially effective when the aircraft operates as part of a single information space. Aerial targets, cruise missiles or hypersonic missiles can be detected by ground-based radars, early warning aircraft, or an attack warning system. The fighter will only need to launch an ultra-long-range missile into the desired area. In this case, the interceptor does not have to risk it himself, entering into an air battle.
“The experimental Russian combat robot Marker could become a platform for single-shot drone drone. Previously, the tracked vehicle was tested with a combat module armed with a Kalashnikov machine gun and anti-tank missiles.
"It is planned to equip the Marker with unmanned aerial vehicles that provide both reconnaissance and destruction of enemy targets," Vitaly Davydov, head of the Scientific and Technical Council of the Advanced Research Foundation , told RIA Novosti.
The UAV module provides autonomous launch - a swarm of barrage unmanned ammunition that destroys targets with its own strike. Each of the kamikaze drones can perform tasks both as part of a group and individually.”
I had thought in the past that drone swarm with explosives was an idiotic idea because an aircraft carrying them with their limited range would get shot down before releasing the drones along with EW systems but that opinion has changed.
1. unmanned ground vehicles have a very small height so it would be difficult for adversary radars to pick them up(and they can use obstacles like buildings or boulders for cover) and along with their small size with camoflauge technology. They can get close enough to surprise air defense systems and that close distance would be sufficient enough for small size drone swarms.
2. Technically the IFRK DP does not count as a drone its just a missile that operates like a hornets nest or a Matryoshka. But its range using several missiles inside of it might propose ideas later for air to ground missiles even though it is currently an air to air missile proposal. It sounds like a great idea for swarming air defense with.