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Hypersonic drone Vintage Racer in the US plans to use to break through the air defense system

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In the United States, they announced the conduct of new flight tests of a drone, which, it is claimed, accelerates to hypersonic speeds in one of the sections of the trajectory. The tests, according to US media, took place in May as part of the Vintage Racer program implemented by the US military.


In fact, we are talking about robotic ammunition. However, in the American military-technical nomenclature they prefer to call him "kamikaze drone." On this basis, experts conclude that the actual substitution of concepts. After all, for those departing, for example, from tank guns, shells, the initial speed is also, in fact, hypersonic. But hardly anyone would dare to call a conventional tank shell "hypersonic weapons". In the USA, they did this by slightly changing the terminology - instead of the term “ammunition” it was decided to use the term “drone”. Moreover, there is no exact data on exactly which section of the trajectory he flies on hypersound.

The Vintage Racer program has been funded since 2017. About $ 2,5 million was spent in the first year of funding, and about $ 2018 million was spent in 1,2. By the standards of the US military budget, these are “pennies”. But now it has been declared "effective spending of funds and obtaining the latest type of weapons."

The Pentagon is trying to explain how the Vintage Racer differs from conventional ammunition. It is stated that he is able to "pursue goals of interest."

Earlier reports of wind tunnel tests. The tests were considered successful. After them, it was stated that the "kamikaze drone" is capable of moving at a speed of about 5 M. Additionally, it is noted that the Vintage Racer is a "highly maneuverable" weapon with a "high degree of survivability to achieve the target." One of the tasks posed by the Pentagon to the developers of this munition is to enter the enemy’s air defense zone with the destruction of the means of this anti-aircraft (missile) defense. The drone kamikaze, in the plans of the US military command, will be able to "pave the way" for manned assets aviation.
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  1. Lopatov
    Lopatov 9 June 2020 08: 27 New
    +8
    Y-yes ....
    Well, how do you take American statements about "a drone is not a cruise missile, it’s completely different, and despite the wording of the Treaty, restrictions should not apply to them."
    1. KVU-NSVD
      KVU-NSVD 9 June 2020 08: 53 New
      +3
      Quote: Spade
      Well, how to perceive after this

      Three options - a cunning anus, indifference to the opinions of others or the promotion of national interests. In general, the process of merging several types of weapons in one sample is obvious, it has been going on for quite some time .. and not only in a drone-rocket pair ..
    2. novel66
      novel66 9 June 2020 09: 59 New
      0
      smells of ponty, where is hypersound coming from ..
    3. eklmn
      eklmn 9 June 2020 15: 56 New
      +1
      The fact is that this drone is launched for a couple of thousand kilometers. Having passed through the anti-aircraft defense zone in hypersound, the drone can barrage at low speed, looking for targets with its sensors for itself or their transmission. If he chose, then eliminates it.
      “As soon as the Vintage Racer concept appeared, a Russian political and military expert noted that such an idea was discussed as an opportunity in the hypersonic weapons community.
      “The fear is that a hypersonic 'something' could reach the patrol zone of mobile launchers of ICBMs after penetrating any possible air and missile defense, and then do with loitering, which will detect launchers in the forests,” said Dmitry Stefanovich, an expert Russian International Affairs Council. ""
      A cruise missile cannot switch from a hypersound to the speed of a maize; this drone can.
  2. KCA
    KCA 9 June 2020 08: 35 New
    +1
    To pursue goals of interest in hypersound ... Interestingly, does the projectile choose goals itself? Do not get tired of 7 and more MAX for interest shy away?
  3. Invoce
    Invoce 9 June 2020 08: 36 New
    +3
    Americans are great PR managers! And their economy is the strongest (Apple's value exceeds the value of the entire Russian economy !!! recourse wassat), and the army is the strongest laughing, and American voters and the population are freest, and any shell is already a hypersonic drone!
    1. Mountain shooter
      Mountain shooter 9 June 2020 08: 43 New
      +1
      Quote: Invoce
      Americans are great PR managers! And their economy is the strongest (Apple’s value exceeds the value of the entire Russian economy !!!), and the army is the strongest, and American voters and the population are freest, and any shell is already a hypersonic drone!

      Gentlemen BELIEVE a word !!! Once said - it means so!
      1. KVU-NSVD
        KVU-NSVD 9 June 2020 08: 58 New
        +2
        Quote: Mountain Shooter
        Gentlemen take the word!

        "Here it was my suit and flooded .." (c) laughing
    2. novel66
      novel66 9 June 2020 10: 01 New
      +1
      Well. any BOPS is already hypersound
    3. tikhonov66
      tikhonov66 9 June 2020 13: 24 New
      -1
      and the blacks they have are the most law-abiding
      and the looters they have the smartest
      and their politicians are the most corrupt.
      8-))
      - typical "hail on a hill"
      8-)))
  4. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 9 June 2020 08: 45 New
    -2
    Not collapsed in the wind tunnel? Well, that means you can already take it into service ... wassat the main thing is to crow ... That's because storytellers!
  5. Terenin
    Terenin 9 June 2020 08: 45 New
    +1
    Pentagon: It is stated that it is capable of “pursuing goals of interest.”

    We know these goals of the United States, to find master keys to hack any country and rob it again. They call "master keys" - the introduction of American democracy and ideology. And, Pentagon, this is a workshop for sharpening these "master keys".
    Py.Sy.
    By the way, the American inventor Alfred Hobbs became the manufacturer of the first "professional" lockpick, who received several patents for his lockpicks and in 1851 founded Hobbs Hart & Co. Ltd, which traded in master keys.
    1. novel66
      novel66 9 June 2020 10: 02 New
      +3
      they are bad people, all the remaining Indians know this .. Gene! hi
      1. Terenin
        Terenin 9 June 2020 10: 07 New
        +2
        Quote: novel xnumx
        they are bad people, all the remaining Indians know this .. Gene! hi

        ... and the rest of the world are African Americans ...
        Novel hi
        1. novel66
          novel66 9 June 2020 10: 19 New
          +2
          whoo! segregation will end when a black man can be called a black man !!!
          1. Terenin
            Terenin 9 June 2020 13: 11 New
            +3
            Quote: novel xnumx
            whoo! segregation will end when a black man can be called a black man !!!

            Silent you, not a tolerant military man belay otherwise you’ll get before the back angry until the end ... segregation ...
  6. APASUS
    APASUS 9 June 2020 08: 56 New
    0
    It looks more like an advertisement, which is not there, but the advertisement is already running. They mixed everything together, maneuvering and pursuing a target, for one they shoved the drone kamikaze capable of moving at a speed of about 5 M.
  7. knn54
    knn54 9 June 2020 09: 03 New
    0
    Judging by the tasks and funds allocated for the project, it is most likely a barrage drone, but with small-sized hypersonic weapons.
  8. Maks1995
    Maks1995 9 June 2020 09: 06 New
    0
    What did you want?
    The cartoons race is running, the stealth race is running, and now the Hypersound race is running.

    The military-industrial complex of America joyfully rubs their hands: Drugan help, many thanks verbally to them ...
  9. Dysindich
    Dysindich 9 June 2020 10: 55 New
    0
    Quote: APASUS
    It looks more like an advertisement, which is not there, but the advertisement is already running. They mixed everything together, maneuvering and pursuing a target, for one they shoved the drone kamikaze capable of moving at a speed of about 5 M.

    Well, what was blown through the pipe - we just made sure that "flows around, somehow by 5M". Now, it remains to figure out how to make this crap develop these 5M (these are the minimum speeds for hypersound), and even more interesting how to control this thing (and with this question, they have a long-standing and unsolved plug ). And everything will end with an awesome wrestling throne (with the same fate as the first one). (but with maneuvering, it turns out - lying ...)