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The British "Spear" against C-300 and C-400. How are MBDA expectations for SPEAR-3 / EW rockets reinforced?


As we all know, for a long period of time, Western European and American media, as well as highly specialized military-analytical portals skillfully misled the general public of observers, pathetically cultivating the opinion about the ability of strategic CR U / RGM-109E “Tomahawk Block IV” and AGM-158B JASSM-ER hardly noticeable long-range tactical cruise missiles “break through” echeloned anti-missile “umbrellas” formed not only by the obsolete S-125, S-200V / D and Cube air defense systems, but also by more modern SAM systems of the C-300PS / PM2, Buk-M1 / 2 families and the Pantsir-S1 air defense systems.

The failed massive missile strike of the Allied Forces of the Western Coalition in Syria broke the stereotypes of Western experts about the inviolability and uniqueness of the Tomahawks and the inconspicuous JASSM-ER

Nevertheless, in the early morning of April 14 of 2018, during the massive missile attack of the United Navy and the Air Force of the Western coalition on strategically important objects of the Syrian army, the above castles of the American and British press were suddenly shaken. So, according to informed sources in the defense department and the Russian air forces, as well as the command of the Syrian Arab army, the mixed anti-aircraft missile brigades of the Syrian air defense forces (without fire support from the Russian C-300B4 in Tartus and C-400 near the Khmeimim Avb) were able to successfully intercept 68% (71 units) of the total outfit from the 105 strategic missiles Tomahawk, as well as the tactical cruise missiles JASSM-ER, SCALP-EG, SCALP Naval and Storm Shadow.

The result is simply stunning, especially considering the fact that the mixed anti-aircraft missile units participating in the reflection of the attack were far from the most advanced systems: S-125 Pechora-2M, S-200, Buk-M1 / M2E, Cube ”, as well as the Osa-AK self-propelled air defense systems and the Pantsir-S1 air defense missile systems, while the low-altitude flight trajectories of more than half (55-60) of the above cruise missiles extended through the Antilivan mountain ranges, outside the observation sectors of ground-based radar 9С18М1-3 detectors "Coop ol ", 9С36 illumination radars of Buk-M2E and JY-27 DRLO radars.

It is obvious that such a high efficiency of the Syrian anti-aircraft missile systems in the morning of April 14 of the 2018 of the year was due to the fact that most of the anti-aircraft missile divisions and regiments were aggregated into a single network-centric air defense missile defense network, the main link of which was the automated control system "Glade-Д4М1". It is Polyana, which tactically correctly distributes targets between the numerous Pechor-2M, Bukov-M2E and Pantsire-S1 anti-aircraft missile divisions, is equipped with a tactical information exchange terminal with A-50U AWACS aircraft, and therefore could receive target designation with the coordinates of the low-altitude TFR Tomahawk and tactical missiles JASSM-ER, hiding behind the folds of the terrain. This technological feature has become the main factor in reducing the reaction time of the ZRND and increasing the efficiency of interception at the time of the launch of enemy cruise missiles due to the radio horizon.

The result of these interceptions was the fall of the surviving avionics of the avionics avionics (inertial navigation system, optoelectronic correlation IR sensor and other modules abounding in critical technologies) of the American stealth AGM-158B cruise missiles at the disposal of specialists of the FSBI Central Military Research Institute for Military Aviation, Defense Ministry of Russia.

It would seem that the above events should have had a sobering effect on Western journalists. news and military analytical platforms and representatives of military-industrial corporations, forcing them to more carefully assess the anti-missile capabilities of Russian anti-aircraft missile systems, as well as control systems for mixed anti-aircraft missile brigades. Nevertheless, the tradition of high-profile and pretentious PR campaigns again prevailed over common sense.

In particular, back in the 2012 year, the British press published the first information about the development of conceptual designs for promising small-sized tactical missiles SPEAR-3 and its electronic warfare SPEAR-EW ("Electronic Warfare"), designed to integrate multi-functional tactical fighters EF- into avionics 2000 Typhoon and F-35B STOVL. In March 2016, a full-fledged contract was signed between the UK defense department and the British division of MBDA Corporation to develop a modification of SPEAR-EW, refine its on-board electronic equipment and manufacture a pre-production batch of missiles. To date, the SPEAR-EW development project is rapidly approaching the stage of full-scale and shooting tests with the final acquisition of operational combat readiness.

The promoted tactical link "SPEAR-3 / EW" will not make the weather

Despite the fact that the British media have already dubbed the SPEAR-3 multipurpose tactical missile and its electronic warfare version "Pantsirey-C1 and S-400 killers", their flight performance, electrodynamic characteristics, and infrared signature are hardly allow her to be included in the list of hunters on the "Buki-M2" and "Tora-M1". Being a conceptual and constructive hybrid of the American high-precision gliding UAB GBU-53B (SDB II) and multi-purpose tactical short-range missiles JAGM and Brimstone 2, the SPEAR-3 tactical missile will retain their weight and dimensions (length - 1800 mm, body diameter 178-180 mm and a mass of about 100 kg), but it will be equipped with an in-vessel turbofan engine "Pratt & Whitney" TJ-130, providing a flight range of 130-150 km when launched from ultra-low altitudes (without the need to rise into the stratosphere and gain transonic speed).

Meanwhile, the presence of a working turbofan engine will give the SPEAR-3 / EW missiles a certain infrared signature. At the terminal portion of the flight path, the infrared radiation from the TJ-130 jet jets can be easily detected even by the obsolete optical / electronic TV / infrared viewers of the Karat-2 range integrated into the architecture of the Pechora-125M S-2 guidance system, without saying already about the more advanced multispectral optical-electronic sighting systems 10ES1-E anti-aircraft missile and artillery systems “Shell-S1”.

As for the radar visibility of both versions of subsonic tactical missiles, taking into account the case diameter in 180 mm, the SPEAR-3 version has a multi-range GOS with an active radar sensor under the nose cowl, and the SPEAR-EW version has an aperture of an impressive number of integrated passive radio antenna intelligence and emitters of electronic interference, the indicator of the effective reflective surface can reach 0,02 — 0,03 square. m, which fits perfectly into the lower limit of the EPR of target targets by means of the S-300ПМ1 / 2, С-300В / В4, Buk-M3 and Carapace-С1 air defense systems, not to mention the promising C-350 Vityaz and C -500. As a result, in this case, the pathos public relations campaigns of the headquarters of the MBDA and the British media are practically not supported by anything, and the slow and low-maneuverable British SPEAR-3 / EW missiles can be considered as excellent target drones for our promising air defense systems.

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  1. Vladimir_2U
    Vladimir_2U 18 November 2019 15: 07
    Pleasantly surprised by the article, not everything is missing! )))
    1. Dmitry Donskoy
      Dmitry Donskoy 19 November 2019 19: 34
      And not only did not disappear, but the new technology did not disappoint yes
    2. Joseph
      Joseph 22 November 2019 08: 47
      Doctor and my wife and I do not succeed.
      How old are you?
      So this is normal, do not worry.
      So my neighbor, who is 75, says three times a night.
      And you say 4. Do you want - 6
      71% of successful interception of low-flying targets by complexes that are not designed for this
  2. Evil Booth
    Evil Booth 18 November 2019 15: 11
    On Wikipedia, I have often seen remoteism under the smiles of "administrations" about how the sbml shell is a ballistic lore and f4 phantom. about axes .. there is a total of 9 tons of explosives and the fence near the house is whole and the house is well preserved)) In addition, they showed a pier on all c125 squares and so on, there are NEW OLS in the SAR, so I don’t want to aim, all the more by combining the vertical with radars of all types and etc.
    1. Evil Booth
      Evil Booth 18 November 2019 15: 14
      about this thing .. well, Harm is straying a lot more than 700m / s and it goes on the initial one. EPR missiles are correctly counted from the side, and for neighboring radars, well, let's say they aren’t; and let’s even assume that the missile flies with its nose precisely on this air defense, and so on, the actar on the non-operational for such missiles c125 is the simplest ane pechora2m and squares, and not the ones on the SAR together with Bukhi vtch m2 ... so there were 500 launches 2 complexes of 25 were destroyed, with the loss of two aircraft (f16 f117 of several MANPADS hits on attack aircraft of a number of shot down KRs all this lies in the museum of war in metal).
      1. lwxx
        lwxx 18 November 2019 15: 50
        Sometimes you need to read what you write. I understand that koment is from a smartphone, but you need to have respect for people. hi
  3. rocket757
    rocket757 18 November 2019 15: 12
    Okay, there's airspace control ... it seems.
    Then the question is, how did the Allies manage to bring down our IL ???
    1. Evil Booth
      Evil Booth 18 November 2019 15: 17
      am that is, google is not fate? vabscheto c200 is made so that it would bring down large EW aircraft and not any atm fighters or target aircraft or uksksiruemye target and do it extremely stable. similarly, the c200 shot down the Tu154 instead of the target, although the EPR of the target was close to a hundred + km. it was made to shoot down large airplanes and not balloons with a beard made of foil. and e2s and not included at 200 km closer f16
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 18 November 2019 17: 36
        What fright rocket was launched in the direction where our plane was? If you make a mistake, this is called the loss of control of airspace, the loss of control of combat crews .... mess, sir!
        Google yourself, yourself, if something is not in the know.
    2. Tommy
      Tommy 18 November 2019 18: 45
      rocket757! If you mean our Russian Il-20? Then ask the Jews! The guilt of the Israeli Air Force in this tragic case is beyond doubt. Their guilt has been repeatedly proved at VO, and the "God-motivated" still do not recognize and blame everything, as always, with the liberals of Russia and other Russophobes, at the Russian Defense Ministry. You and others should not raise a srach here in an attempt to blacken the Russians and the leadership of Russia once again!
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 18 November 2019 19: 05
        HE THINKS HE WHO PROTECTS THOSE by writing me a direct reproach, shortening! Surround Tommy Boy and learn to think, for example.
        I am for order in the troops, professionalism and responsibility of everyone, for my actions, decisions made and I do not like empty chatter. So that such tragedies do not recur and OUR people do not die from "friendly" fire.
        1. Pavlov Sergey Alexandrovich
          Pavlov Sergey Alexandrovich 19 November 2019 08: 42
          Here you go and ask the Syrian crew of the S-200. What the hell did it happen that they hit our plane and not the Israeli fighters who successfully covered themselves with them at that time?
          1. rocket757
            rocket757 19 November 2019 09: 36
            Quote: Pavlov Sergey Alexandrovich
            Here you go and ask the Syrian calculation of s-200 what the hell happened

            The question is simple / complicated, WHO controls the airspace and to whom does it issue commands?
            It is clear, not all at once, it takes time ... I hope now the "keys to the Syrian sky" are in the right hands, without any ad-libbing, dangerous for our own.
            It is bad that tragic events have already happened, we must not talk, but do it on time and as it should.
            1. Pavlov Sergey Alexandrovich
              Pavlov Sergey Alexandrovich 19 November 2019 17: 57
              You know the good old saying "the thunder will not strike, the man will not cross" this is about the same thing .. practically everywhere this rule works in the economy and industry of our country.
              1. rocket757
                rocket757 19 November 2019 19: 06
                Quote: Pavlov Sergey Alexandrovich
                You know the good old saying "the thunder will not strike, the man will not cross" this is about the same thing .. practically everywhere this rule works in the economy and industry of our country.

                This is unacceptable thunder when your own.
                1. Pavlov Sergey Alexandrovich
                  Pavlov Sergey Alexandrovich 21 November 2019 16: 29
                  This happens in any war, everyone shoots at their friendly fire; this is not uncommon for us, neither for Western armies nor for Eastern ones.
  4. Chaldon48
    Chaldon48 18 November 2019 15: 25
    Steam companies are also advertising, and it, as you know, is the engine of trade, and for a trader who wants to push his product at any price it does not matter if he meets the rapport characteristics or not, if only he bought it.
  5. Nikolaevich I
    Nikolaevich I 18 November 2019 15: 36
    Can someone tell me what language he writes
    1. janeck
      janeck 18 November 2019 15: 50
      looked .. Russian letters)
      1. businessv
        businessv 19 November 2019 09: 12
        Quote: Janek
        looked .. Russian letters)

        A colleague, Nikolayevich asked about the language, not about the letters laughing
    2. KCA
      KCA 18 November 2019 15: 53
      I could be wrong, but based on the mention of the Museum of the War, which is not in Russia, probably a Serb in Russian
      1. Nikolaevich I
        Nikolaevich I 19 November 2019 02: 18
        Thank you .. this is what I "meant" in the question ...
    3. Vladimir_2U
      Vladimir_2U 18 November 2019 16: 07
      And in the complaints there is no such wording as "delirium", "drunken stream of consciousness." )))
  6. Sergey39
    Sergey39 18 November 2019 17: 20
    They just have the expense of creating new weapons consists of three components: cut, PR (advertising of future products) and what will remain (if any) for the development itself. So, apparently, nothing remains for the development. Unless to change the name and design on an old rocket.
    1. NBV
      NBV 18 November 2019 21: 28
      And you only need to calculate the cost of the animation and, consequently, the final cost reduction.
    2. businessv
      businessv 19 November 2019 09: 14
      Quote: Sergey39
      So, apparently, nothing remains for the development.

      Those who did not have to develop, already spend their time, colleague! smile
      1. Sergey39
        Sergey39 19 November 2019 14: 23
        I meant "partners" (the article was about them). Something did not hear that they would have someone imprisoned.
  7. ss-n-22
    ss-n-22 18 November 2019 17: 27
    They have soulless, slow, and large Tomahawks. And we have fastening, barely noticeable and low-flying gauges. There is a fine line.
    1. businessv
      businessv 19 November 2019 09: 15
      Quote: ss-n-22
      fastening, inconspicuous and low flying Caliber. There is a fine line.

      Forgot to add "fast"! smile
  8. Morgan
    Morgan 18 November 2019 18: 45
    "successful interception is 68%" - there were figures of 96, 80%, but here they were somehow modest.
    "knowledgeable sources in the defense department and the Russian Aerospace Forces" - these are the most "honest" sources in the world, they can be trusted without conspiracy.
  9. NBV
    NBV 18 November 2019 21: 25
    Does earthly curvature not bother them ?! Impossible! According to some experts, such a curvature greatly reduces the effectiveness of missile defense.
    1. Sky strike fighter
      Sky strike fighter 20 November 2019 17: 37
      Check it out.
      The problem of air defense and cruise missiles. The crisis of opportunity. Part 2.
  10. Fedorov
    Fedorov 19 November 2019 01: 28
    I, as a former air defense, in this statement - the S-300 in the latest versions - is the top of condition, did the Mattresses think that they were in a fairy tale? hi