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Loitering ammunition Switchblade 600 (USA)

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Several years ago, the American company AeroVironment Inc. introduced the Switchblade 300 loitering ammunition, designed to expand the combat capabilities of infantry units. The development of the ideas of this project continued, and now the company is presenting the Switchblade 600 product. It differs from its predecessor by increased tactical, technical and operational characteristics.


Armor-piercing future


For the first time, the project, later designated Switchblade 600, became known at the end of 2018.Then the developer company announced that a new product was being created on the basis of the existing loitering ammunition. It will be larger than its predecessor and will be able to carry an anti-tank warhead, which significantly expands the combat capabilities of the complex.

In early 2020, AeroVironment disclosed new information about this project. It was reported that a series of test launches of experimental ammunition took place last year. The tests were recognized as successful: the new ammunition flew longer and farther, and also carried a heavier warhead. In addition, the development company noted that the range and low cost of the new Switchblade modification is superior to the existing army anti-tank complex FGM-148 Javelin.


Launchers in position

Finally, in early October, the company published all the main materials on the new project, which bears the designation Switchblade 600. The main features of the complex, its characteristics, etc. are revealed. Images and promotional videos are available. A new phase of testing is also reported. To date, more than 60 launches have been completed, and the complex has shown its efficiency.

Technical features


The Switchblade 600 complex consists of several products and in its composition is significantly different from the previous system. It includes loitering supplies in a transport and launch container, made as an independent launcher, as well as a control panel in the form factor of a tablet computer. All components can be carried by the forces of the fighters or transported on any available transport - with or without closures.

The ammunition is supplied in a TPK with a length of approx. 1,8 m. The container can be used on a biped, which allows you to launch yourself. Supporting devices are also being developed for mounting the complex on cars, armored vehicles, boats and helicopters. In most cases, the launch occurs in the same way: "like a mortar", with a large elevation angle. After leaving the TPK, the ammunition begins an independent flight.


Ammunition after launch

Loitering ammunition of the new type looks similar to the previous Switchblade 300. It is made in a case of variable cylindrical cross-section: the nose, containing the homing head and the warhead, is distinguished by a large diameter. In the central part of the hull there is a wing that can be folded in flight, in the tail there is a stabilizer and a keel. An electric motor with a pushing propeller is installed in the tail of the vehicle.

In the bow of the hull there is an optoelectronic unit in a movable housing, used as a reconnaissance tool and seeker. The unit has daytime and thermal imaging channels. Also on board there is an autopilot with a satellite navigation system and communication facilities for exchanging data with the operator.

Switchblade 600 is equipped with a tandem HEAT-fragmentation warhead, borrowed from the Javelin ATGM. Such a warhead can penetrate up to 600-800 mm of homogeneous armor behind ERA. There is a contact and remote fuse. A product with such a warhead can be used against armored vehicles and various structures.


Operator console

The operation of the complex is controlled using the operator's console-tablet through a secure radio channel. The touch screen displays a map of the area or a video signal from the seeker of the ammunition, as well as telemetry. Compatibility with modern communication facilities is ensured. The console can receive data from third-party sources and transmit information about self-detected targets. The control panel software implements the principles of intuitive control. In particular, the target is selected by simply clicking on the desired object on the screen.

Work principles


In terms of operating principles, the Switchblade 600 is similar to its predecessor, but has a number of important differences in technical and combat characteristics. If necessary, the calculation of the complex, which is part of the infantry unit, deploys the launcher, which takes no more than 10 minutes. The operator then determines the target area and launches.

The ammunition with an electric motor, leaving the TPK, opens the plane and goes to the target. The flight is carried out at altitudes of no more than 200 m, however, if necessary, it is possible to climb to great heights. The operating range is at least 40 km from the operator. The flight to this range takes no more than 15-20 minutes, after which patrolling begins in the specified area. The maximum flight duration reaches 40 minutes. Thus, the operator has at least 20 minutes. to search and defeat the target.

Loitering ammunition Switchblade 600 (USA)

With the help of standard optical-electronic means of ammunition, the operator monitors the area and searches for the target. After detection, the target is taken for tracking, and the unit receives a command to attack. Targeting is carried out independently using a two-channel seeker. The defeat occurs from the upper hemisphere, which poses a great danger to armored vehicles.

Loitering advantages


The proposed Switchblade 600 complex has a number of important features that expand the combat capabilities of an infantry or other unit. Some of these advantages are due to the very fact of belonging to the class of "loitering ammunition", while others are associated with the characteristics of the new product.

Loitering ammunition is essentially a reconnaissance UAV with the ability to engage a target. It provides surveillance of a remote area and allows you to attack the enemy. At the same time, a sufficiently large flight range and the ability to search for a target after reaching a given area are provided. Installing a warhead from a full-fledged ATGM system dramatically increases the lethality.

From other loitering ammunition, incl. Switchblade 300, a new product with increased flight range and warhead power. In addition, measures have been taken to optimize transport and launch processes, and controls have been improved. Particular attention is paid to cost. The new Switchblade 600 is slightly more expensive than its predecessor, but significantly cheaper than systems of other classes, incl. ATGM FGM-148.


However, some shortcomings that are characteristic of the entire class remain. Thus, the loitering ammunition is disposable and does not provide for landing after the flight is completed. In addition, due to the simplification of the onboard equipment and other objective limitations, the Switchblade 600 may be inferior in some characteristics to a full-fledged reconnaissance UAV.

Prospects question


All in all, the new Switchblade 600 project from AeroVironment Inc. is of great interest to the US Army and other countries. The previous development of this family has already entered service and has shown itself well in operation. It is possible that her enlarged and improved successor will also go to the army and show all its advantages.

The development company announces the completion of the development and 60 test launches. The details of such tests, such as the proportion of successful flights, are not specified, but the announced figures look very interesting. Apparently, now AeroVironment and the Pentagon will decide the issue of adopting a new model for service. Thus, in the near future, the American infantry will have two loitering ammunition of the same family.
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  1. Lopatov
    Lopatov 9 October 2020 18: 08
    -9
    They stole it from Ukraine.
    "Chorny woodpecker" laughing
    Which shoots with noiseless ammunition.
    1. Nikolaevich I
      Nikolaevich I 9 October 2020 18: 23
      +5
      Quote: Spade
      "Chorny woodpecker"
      Which shoots with noiseless ammunition.

      In vain you are flirting! "Black Woodpecker" is a very interesting ammunition ... even a kind of concept! On the basis of the "Black Woodpecker" concept, several types of weapons can be realized!
      1. Lopatov
        Lopatov 9 October 2020 18: 24
        -6
        Quote: Nikolaevich I
        On the basis of the "Black Woodpecker" concept, several types of weapons can be realized!

        The main thing is that it is noiseless. Muscovites will definitely not have this
        1. Nikolaevich I
          Nikolaevich I 9 October 2020 18: 31
          -1
          Quote: Spade
          The main thing is that the noiseless

          Well, this is not so important anymore ... as long as the ammunition is good! (no matter who it hits, if only the person is good!) wink
  2. imobile2008
    imobile2008 9 October 2020 18: 08
    -5
    How we lagged behind in this area. Cavalry against tanks. Nothing, we'll catch up! If only the urapatriotics did not come running and tales about electronic warfare did not destroy our movements in this direction
    1. Lopatov
      Lopatov 9 October 2020 18: 16
      -1
      Quote: imobile2008
      Cavalry against tanks

      8))))
      Sure?
  3. OgnennyiKotik
    OgnennyiKotik 9 October 2020 18: 11
    +2
    The Turks developed a whole family of lighter drones. They can be used to arm infantry at the squad level. The Switchblade 600 is heavy, but one complements the other.
    1. OgnennyiKotik
      OgnennyiKotik 9 October 2020 22: 19
      +3
      Israel has more interesting cartoons.
    2. vadim dok
      vadim dok 10 October 2020 13: 30
      0
      They also have a SWITCHBLADE 300 - it's easier!
  4. Trapp1st
    Trapp1st 9 October 2020 18: 13
    +4
    A very useful thing for an infantryman.
    1. Lopatov
      Lopatov 9 October 2020 18: 23
      -1
      Quote: Trapp1st
      A very useful thing for an infantryman.

      It depends on what and when.
      Americans have their own cockroaches ... Often very large. For example, "light" infantry units, like "Stryker" units, must be able to fight without equipment.

      And when at the company level the most powerful long-range armament is a 60-mm mortar with a very limited ammunition, this kind of "kamikaze" is really in demand
      1. Vadim237
        Vadim237 9 October 2020 18: 39
        +4
        For semi-guerrilla warfare, this UAV itself can hit the entire range of equipment, it remains only cumulatively - the volume-detonating warhead can be made like that of the RMG and it will be possible to hit: dugouts, bunkers and reinforced concrete structures.
        1. Lopatov
          Lopatov 9 October 2020 18: 50
          -1
          Quote: Vadim237
          For semi-guerrilla fighting

          ... better to have good communications and good target detection and positioning systems.
          Well, something like the notorious "Hermes"
          Americans have GMLRS launched with M270 or HIMARS
          1. Trapp1st
            Trapp1st 12 October 2020 10: 06
            0
            Americans have GMLRS launched with M270 or HIMARS
            It is surprising that until now someone is comparing a kamikaze UAV with artillery.
    2. nnm
      nnm 9 October 2020 18: 26
      0
      Well, how can I say ... but if there is a fire contact? And if there is a shortage of personnel in the unit? And if the fighters with these consoles dropped out? Etc. Should we single out, in general, individual fighters for this? And how will this affect the combat capabilities of the squad, platoon, company? And in a city battle, when the pie is made of friends and foes? All these novelties (although not particularly new) first need to be comprehended, to understand the tactics of application, to find a place in the OSH, and so on, and only then it is useful to say whether it is useful or not. And then the article about the UAV - hurray! Here it is, a panacea - each fighter on the UAV. Barrage ammunition - well, finally! Two fighters to carry and a third operator. And even the department will be overloaded with useless trash in some city.
      1. Vadim237
        Vadim237 9 October 2020 18: 58
        +6
        Well, this ammunition can be made in the dimensions of the TPK RPG 27 - and launched from the shoulder both as a scout and as a kamikaze drone for contactless warfare is a great thing. And in the city, such devices will be just right for determining the location of the enemy and destroying him on the streets or in houses at considerable distances.
        1. OgnennyiKotik
          OgnennyiKotik 9 October 2020 19: 04
          0
          Quote: Vadim237
          Well, this ammunition can be made in the dimensions of TPK RPG 27

          Switchblade 300 and Turkish Alpagu have already done so. True, they are suitable for non-armored targets.

          1. Vadim237
            Vadim237 9 October 2020 19: 09
            +1
            Shoulder launching will be more convenient both in the mountains of flat terrain and in urban areas.
        2. Lopatov
          Lopatov 9 October 2020 19: 10
          -3
          Quote: Vadim237
          Well, this ammunition can be made in the dimensions of the TPK RPG 27 - and launched from the shoulder

          What for?
          Take the Stryker battalion, for example. It contains 10 120-mm self-propelled mortars and 9 105-mm self-propelled assault guns. Is this really worse than "launching from the shoulder both as a scout and as a kamikaze drone"?
          1. garri-lin
            garri-lin 9 October 2020 19: 46
            +3
            And if you run a similar device from a 120mm mortar and quickly see what it glistens in those bushes. To which there are still five kilometers. But it glitters extremely badly. The whole plus of such products is in intelligence. First of all, it is a disposable flying eye that can correct artillery fire and, if necessary, can burn itself. Presented in the article is too big. But halving it in half would be a good thing. Including for installation on equipment such as Armata or the same BMPT. 40 km range is not needed and half an hour of patrolling at a distance of 8-10 km will be optimal.
            1. Lopatov
              Lopatov 9 October 2020 20: 06
              0
              Quote: garri-lin
              And if you run a similar device from a 120mm mortar and quickly see what it glistens in those bushes.

              What's the point? There is someone to watch. Including UAV operators

              Quote: garri-lin
              First of all, it is a disposable flying eye that can correct artillery fire

              It is no better than a reusable flying eye.
            2. garri-lin
              garri-lin 9 October 2020 21: 58
              0
              It may not be needed at the battalion level. Although with strong anti-air defense, a lot of inexpensive eyes are better than slightly advanced but expensive ones. Better yet, both.
              But at the platoon level, such a small UAV can be useful. Plus, such apparatuses throw information into the general network, making the map more detailed.
            3. shahor
              shahor 10 October 2020 00: 26
              +1
              Quote: garri-lin
              40 km range is not needed and half an hour of patrolling at a distance of 8-10 km will be optimal.

              Here the Israelis are ahead of you. In their infantry companies, they have drones carried in a backpack powered by an electric motor. Just with a range of 20 km. Reconnaissance, work on firing points - well, what else is there on the scale of a company ...
              1. OgnennyiKotik
                OgnennyiKotik 10 October 2020 00: 31
                0
                It's the same in the USA. RQ-11.
              2. sen
                sen 10 October 2020 05: 39
                0
                For intelligence, Israel has less equipment.
                The Israeli company SpearUAV has presented the pocket reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle Ninox 40. According to Jane's, the new device is located in a cylindrical capsule from which it is launched. After reconnaissance, the operator can pick up the drone and later reuse or abandon it.
                The Ninox 40 is a small quadcopter with retractable shoulders and propellers. The drone is capable of flying up to 40 minutes. The device weighs 250 grams.
                Ninox 40 is located in a capsule through which the operator can program it, assigning a flight route or determining key points for observation. The drone can also be operated manually. Together with the device comes a tablet, which receives intelligence information, and two joysticks for control. They are attached to the sides of the tablet.
              3. garri-lin
                garri-lin 10 October 2020 07: 43
                -1
                Happy for the Israelis. But I also want something similar in my own army.
                1. shahor
                  shahor 10 October 2020 12: 31
                  0
                  Quote: garri-lin
                  But I also want something similar in my own army.

                  I agree with you. A rhetorical question - what is in the way?
                  1. garri-lin
                    garri-lin 10 October 2020 13: 07
                    0
                    What hinders it is not clear. The Karabakh conflict demonstrates very well distance warfare.
          2. OgnennyiKotik
            OgnennyiKotik 9 October 2020 20: 09
            -1
            The Stryker battalion already has a UAV platoon, to supplement them so that they could not only carry out reconnaissance, but also strike. You can also supplement or replace part of the ATGM with loitering ammunition, for example, an anti-tank company. I'm talking about Switchblade 600.
            Switchblade 300/600 can indeed replace 60mm mortars in infantry battalions and reinforce the Switchblade 300/600 fire support company
            1. Lopatov
              Lopatov 9 October 2020 20: 59
              0
              Quote: OgnennyiKotik
              Striker Battalion already has a UAV platoon

              The Stryker Brigade has a UAV platoon.
              And at the battalion level, there are only three RQ-11 Raven Bs, one in each company

              Quote: OgnennyiKotik
              Switchblade 300/600 can really replace 60mm mortars

              You can not.
              The tasks are completely different
              1. OgnennyiKotik
                OgnennyiKotik 9 October 2020 21: 10
                -1
                I agree. Really, where you can use Switchblade 600 in the army is anti-tank companies and UAV platoons. If they don't change the structure. But there are no competitions on this topic.
                It can come in handy in the ILC, they just launched the reorganization and one of the tasks is to saturate the UAV at all levels.
              2. OgnennyiKotik
                OgnennyiKotik 9 October 2020 21: 24
                -3
                On the whole, this system is not needed for a normal army. Conditional Armenia would be useful, for such countries AeroVironment Inc seems to have made this product.
                1. Lopatov
                  Lopatov 9 October 2020 21: 30
                  +1
                  Quote: OgnennyiKotik
                  On a generally normal army, this system is not needed.

                  As anyone.
                  If you look at our situation, with a huge amount of artillery compared to the United States, yes, it is not particularly needed. We rather need a stable connection AND maybe an analogue of the American GMLRS. With normal seeker

                  If you look at the US motorized infantry company, which was pulled from its cars and thrown to hell on Easter cakes by helicopters, it may be needed. In order to "clean up" the aviation, which will be the main support role.
                  1. OgnennyiKotik
                    OgnennyiKotik 9 October 2020 21: 41
                    0
                    Quote: Spade
                    may be needed. In order to "clean up" the aviation, which will be the main support role.

                    Attack UAVs, helicopters, fighter-bombers will hang over their heads. It is easier and faster to cause a hit.
                    During the cleanup, they will be opposed by infantry, a pickup truck with a machine gun or a suicide bomber, for a miraculously survived tank there is a Javelin. RQ-11 and Black Hornet will be more useful to them many times, they already have an abundance of means of destruction.
                    That will definitely come in handy for the half-militia armies.
          3. vadim dok
            vadim dok 10 October 2020 13: 54
            0
            You can't spoil the porridge with butter! A few loitering ammunition and UAVs will not interfere!
  5. Nikolaevich I
    Nikolaevich I 9 October 2020 18: 27
    +9
    Well, what's wrong with that? BB nonche is in trend! If the Russian Armed Forces had such ammunition, I would not laugh and criticize ... I would only be glad!
  6. Alexander X
    Alexander X 9 October 2020 18: 42
    -2
    Well, if this ammunition is controlled by the operator, then when jamming, it will become useless. That's when the AI ​​will be normal, the cat will recognize the enemy by the image, then it will be ... He released a flock and .... "no one lives in cars anymore" ©
    1. Vadim237
      Vadim237 9 October 2020 18: 59
      +2
      There it seems like the control frequencies can be changed - you can't put interference on all channels.
      1. Nikolaevich I
        Nikolaevich I 9 October 2020 19: 54
        0
        Quote: Vadim237
        It seems like the control frequencies can be changed - you can't put interference on all channels

        There is a fiber-optic line ...!
        1. Momotomba
          Momotomba 9 October 2020 21: 14
          0
          Quote: Nikolaevich I
          There is a fiber-optic line ...!

          Control the UAV by wire? Sure?
          And AOLS (atmospheric) is impossible. It is difficult to position the beam on the receiver. So only a radio channel.
          1. AML
            AML 10 October 2020 01: 38
            +1
            Quote: Momotomba
            Quote: Nikolaevich I
            There is a fiber-optic line ...!

            Control the UAV by wire? Sure?


            What's the problem? If this is a UAV, it does not mean that it needs to cut into unknown distances, sometimes it is quite enough to hang at a certain height, for example, in the event of a positional collision. And conditionally it can hang on wires for an unlimited time.
            1. Momotomba
              Momotomba 10 October 2020 08: 07
              0
              If the UAV is in the form of a balloon, then I agree: let it hang for itself.
            2. Momotomba
              Momotomba 10 October 2020 22: 02
              0
              Quote: AML
              it can hang on wires for an unlimited time.

              You are very wrong. If you take a Chinese toy, take out the battery and screw the cable in its place, then the toy will not fly far and high. And it won't hang in the air for long. It is not designed for long-term operation of motors. Engines for long-term operation are several times heavier than for short-term use. The end result is either something very large, or something unreliable ... The balloon is easier
              1. AML
                AML 10 October 2020 22: 51
                0
                Why should the UAV be necessarily small and Chinese? if we power it by wires, then we can quite afford a whole weapon platform with engines of several kilowatts or even tens of kilowatts.It is clear that it is poorly applicable as a long-range reconnaissance, but as a target designator, remote antenna, radar, ols, fire support, why not and no.
                1. Momotomba
                  Momotomba 11 October 2020 07: 59
                  0
                  Quote: AML
                  weapons platform with engines of several kilowatts or even tens of kilowatts

                  Apparently you mean electric motors. Then the questions:
                  1. Can you imagine the dimensions and mass of an electric motor of several tens of kW? How much will only a glider with motors weigh?
                  2. Do you understand that the power of the motors must be generated on the ground by a generator? Can it be easier to make a gasoline UAV instead of an electric one with wires?
                  1. AML
                    AML 11 October 2020 09: 07
                    0
                    Globally, I meant that UAVs by wire have the right to life. All the rest are notions on the topic, but "what if" although some of them are also quite viable.

                    This is in the subject of power and size -

          2. Nikolaevich I
            Nikolaevich I 10 October 2020 09: 30
            0
            Quote: Momotomba
            Control the UAV by wire? Sure?

            Whatever it was, but the UAVs controlled by fiber-optic communication lines were seriously considered by some UAV developers ... This was written in the journal "Foreign Military Review". By the way, there was a period when the development of tactical missiles with FOCL turned out to be a trend!
            1. OgnennyiKotik
              OgnennyiKotik 10 October 2020 09: 49
              0
              Quote: Nikolaevich I
              but UAVs controlled by fiber-optic communication lines were seriously considered by some UAV developers.

              And now it is being considered. Helicopter UAV for reconnaissance, radar, electronic warfare. It rises from armored vehicles, air defense and electronic warfare systems, and is controlled and supplied with electricity from the cable. Thus, increasing the range and leveling the folds of the terrain. Advanced version of the mast.
              The REP against the UAV is useless, plus the cable has the ability to supply energy through it, which is useful for increasing the duration of the flight.
              1. Nikolaevich I
                Nikolaevich I 10 October 2020 10: 11
                0
                Quote: OgnennyiKotik
                And now it is being considered. Helicopter UAV for reconnaissance, radar, electronic warfare. It rises from armored vehicles, air defense and electronic warfare systems, and is controlled and supplied with electricity from the cable. Thus, increasing the range and leveling the folds of the terrain. Advanced version of the mast.

                That's all right! But in the previous comment I meant a "special case"! When the UAV can be of an airplane type, it can be tens of kilometers away from the launch site, have batteries and an electric motor on board; but two-way telecommunications via FOCL!
                1. AML
                  AML 10 October 2020 10: 37
                  +1
                  Torpedoes and missiles were also controlled by wire, the same TOW ATGM. If this is a disposable product, then it is quite a feasible task. Fast, cheap and cheerful
                  1. Momotomba
                    Momotomba 10 October 2020 21: 54
                    0
                    Quote: AML
                    Torpedoes and missiles were controlled by wire,

                    Managed. And now they are controlled. But only if nothing prevents the cable from unwinding ... In a city or in a forest, it is impossible to lift a UAV in the form of an airplane tied to the ground. A helicopter-like UAV can be lifted, I will not argue. But he will not fly far, tk. the cable is either caught on something, or taken to the ground, because the cable is heavy. The further you need to fly, the more powerful the engine is needed. And the more powerful the motor, the heavier the cable ... Do not forget that small electric motors have low efficiency and are not designed for long-term operation.
    2. OgnennyiKotik
      OgnennyiKotik 9 October 2020 20: 32
      +3
      Quote: Alexander X
      if this ammunition is controlled by the operator, then when jamming,

      Is there at least one documented example of how the REP made a military UAV useless?
      Here is a video of how the REP system is destroyed by a drone against which it was created.
  7. ole1
    ole1 9 October 2020 19: 27
    +1
    I wonder what the cost of the drone is? And the second naive question - do we have analogs?)
    1. PSih2097
      PSih2097 9 October 2020 20: 36
      +2
      Well, considering the price of the FGM-148 Javelin (namely the missile, not the ATGM) at 50 - 000 $$, and the switchblade 80 is positioned as cheaper, I think in the region of 000 - 600 $$.
      1. ole1
        ole1 9 October 2020 20: 38
        0
        well for the USA it is quite a normal price
        1. PSih2097
          PSih2097 9 October 2020 20: 44
          0
          although this is the price of 2014, in 2020 and 2021 the price per unit announced by the Pentagon is declared at $ 177 and $ 600, respectively ...
          So somewhere between 50-60% of the price tag for a javelin.
          1. OgnennyiKotik
            OgnennyiKotik 9 October 2020 20: 47
            -1
            Quote: PSih2097
            Wait in 2020 and 2021 the price per unit announced by the Pentagon is declared at $ 177 and $ 600, respectively

            I understand it along with the launcher. Previously, the launcher was around 120, a shot was around 000
            1. PSih2097
              PSih2097 9 October 2020 20: 50
              +1
              no, it's a rocket ...
              In one of these documents, Army Financial Management & Comptroller, since 1996, information has been structured about what and at what price the US Army was buying for its needs.
              In the Pentagon's open missile procurement document, Justification Book of Missile Procurement, we were interested in the cost of anti-tank weapons (p. 65 ff.).
              Recorded that the U.S. Army in FY2020 is going to acquire 20 missiles to ATGM Javelin, and in 2021 - another 763 pieces. At the same time, the cost of one rocket for these years is $ 177,6 thousand and $ 175,2 thousand, respectively. In total, until 2020, it was purchased 32142 rockets.

              Terrible money ...
              link to specified documents ...
              1. OgnennyiKotik
                OgnennyiKotik 9 October 2020 20: 59
                -1
                Yeah, the Javelin F modification was purchased for this money, the question is with which version of Javelin the Switchblade 600 was compared. Something suggests that it is the most expensive one.
                1. PSih2097
                  PSih2097 9 October 2020 21: 00
                  +1
                  Wait, I'm leafing through the 2020 budget of the Pentagon, I'll find it - I'll post it ...
                  found ... $ 180 for a rocket in the FY900, and it was planned in 20 for $ 2019 ...
                  1. ole1
                    ole1 10 October 2020 11: 32
                    0
                    at this price, the ammunition itself may be more expensive than the armored target)
    2. OgnennyiKotik
      OgnennyiKotik 9 October 2020 20: 48
      0
      Quote: ole1
      do we have analogues?

      Kalashnikov seems to be doing it.

      1. PSih2097
        PSih2097 9 October 2020 21: 02
        +2
        and how many are in the troops? how many in warehouses?
        1. OgnennyiKotik
          OgnennyiKotik 9 October 2020 22: 26
          0
          Quote: PSih2097
          and how many are in the troops? how many in warehouses?

          The question is whether our army needs such systems. There was a single-barreled Grad, a necessary thing for Vietnam, useless for the Soviet army. It looks like the same story.
  8. nobody75
    nobody75 12 October 2020 16: 49
    0
    I do not understand anything ...
    How many ammo can be controlled from one tablet?
    How can these ammunition and their tablets be networked?
    What protocol is used to transfer data? Does this tablet work in real time?
    Will the enemy not detect the two-way data transmission channel? If there was a network with Starlink then it would be a thing ... And to make such ammunition better for the caliber of a normal mortar.
    Sincerely
  9. Dzungar
    Dzungar 14 October 2020 08: 51
    0
    The best embodiment of the RUK concept is the Reconnaissance Strike Complexes. Arrived. Had seen. Destroyed