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In the United States, using drones to learn how to shoot down hypersonic missiles

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In the United States, they are going to use target drones to combat the hypersonic cruise missiles of a potential enemy. This task was set by the US Navy.


The command of the Navy decided to use supersonic target drones to help surface ships' crews in detecting and defeating approaching supersonic and hypersonic anti-ship missiles. To build 19 GQM-163A to hone the skills of fighting hypersonic missiles, the giant of the American military industry - Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Now work on the creation of targets has begun at the Northrop Grumman Space Systems Center in Chandler, Arizona. First of all, the corporation will be engaged in the development of supersonic target drones for the Navy, then it will be the turn of the army. With the help of drones, the Pentagon expects to train the military to destroy hypersonic weapon the adversary.

Not so long ago, it became known about the order for the construction of 195 supersonic Coyote GQM-163A for the US Navy. The contract value is $ 57,1 million. In addition to the American armed forces, special targets will also be produced for the needs of Japan, which is also interested in building up its military potential.

The presence of Japan among the customers suggests that the Japanese military department is going to build a system of protection against possible attacks using hypersonic missiles from China and North Korea. These two neighboring countries are today considered by the Japanese leadership as the most likely adversaries.

The GQM-163A Coyote is an excellent tool for simulating a supersonic naval missile and other emerging supersonic and hypersonic cruise missiles. It allows ship crews to learn how to defend themselves against modern French and Russian-made anti-ship missiles that can be used against American fleet in various parts of the world, for example, in East Asia or the Middle East. Also, with the help of Coyote, crews of ships will be able to practice actions against hypersonic cruise missiles of a new generation, developing a speed of Mach 5 and above.

According to Northrop Grumman Corporation, the GQM-163A Coyote is capable of a speed of Mach 2 or more. They mimic naval cruise missiles flying over the ocean surface. Drones can also simulate cruise missile attacks from great heights.

As for the US Army, the Army is going to use Coyote to test and evaluate the Low Level Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS). LTAMDS developed by Raytheon Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp., is set to become an advanced ground-based missile defense radar system designed to replace the aging Patriot missile system that has been in service with the United States for more than three decades.

Thus, the American armed forces are introducing a new model for practicing anti-missile and air defense of the army and navy. With the help of special targets, the American command expects to significantly increase the level of combat readiness of both the fleet and the army's missile defense, building reliable protection against hypersonic weapons, which are already in service with Russia and China.
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  1. Nikolay Ivanov_5
    Nikolay Ivanov_5 8 November 2020 15: 11
    +2
    And they have not learned to shoot down satellites from a slingshot yet ???
    1. Ilya-spb
      Ilya-spb 8 November 2020 15: 26
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      How is it? New in physics or drones powered by hypnotherapy?
      1. Nikolay Ivanov_5
        Nikolay Ivanov_5 8 November 2020 15: 29
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        Americans dream of creating target drones with hypersonic speed.
        1. Sanichsan
          Sanichsan 8 November 2020 17: 45
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          Quote: Nikolay Ivanov_5
          Americans dream of creating target drones with hypersonic speed.

          in the article it is written "supersonic", which is not "hypersonic" and as a consequence it is not at all clear what is it for?
      2. FerrariStradale
        FerrariStradale 8 November 2020 15: 38
        +1
        The hypersonic rocket reaches Mach 5, only at an altitude of ~ 18 m, the scramjet engine cannot operate at lower altitudes due to high pressure. Therefore, the hypersonic missile turns off the engine and turns into a conventional warhead gliding at the target.
        The patent of NPO Mashinostroyenia (developer of Zircon) explains how Zircon works. The power plant is discarded and the Zircon turns into a warhead.

        To create a working rocket at low altitudes, working at supersonic, you need to create a hybrid scramjet (Dual mode Scramjet). So far, only the US and Japan have undertaken the investment and development of such an engine.
        The patent of NPO Mashinostroyenia states that the creation of a hybrid scramjet is too difficult.
        1. FerrariStradale
          FerrariStradale 8 November 2020 16: 24
          +1
          To create a hypersonic aircraft, 3 types of engine are needed:
          1. Turbojet for starting, flying at subsonic and supersonic up to 3 M. Up to an altitude of about 11 m
          2. Hybrid scramjet
          - A ramjet engine capable of accelerating an aircraft from 3 to 5 max. Up to an altitude of about 18m.
          - Scramjet engine capable of accelerating the aircraft from Mach 5 and more.
          Up to an altitude of about 30m.



        2. Foxmara
          Foxmara 8 November 2020 18: 15
          -1
          In what sense did they come from? They already have a super duper duper rocket?
        3. Kalmar
          Kalmar 8 November 2020 21: 46
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          Quote: FerrariStradale
          The patent of NPO Mashinostroyenia (developer of Zircon) explains how Zircon works. The power plant is discarded and the Zircon turns into a warhead.

          Something in this diagram, the rocket has a horse transverse dimension. Or vice versa - a very "skinny" warhead: there is generally a decent radar and an adequate explosive charge will fit?
    2. NF68
      NF68 8 November 2020 18: 29
      +2
      Quote: Nikolai Ivanov_5
      And they have not learned to shoot down satellites from a slingshot yet ???


      For companions, they have more advanced weapons:

      1. Nikolay Ivanov_5
        Nikolay Ivanov_5 8 November 2020 18: 32
        +1
        I really liked the photo.
        1. NF68
          NF68 8 November 2020 19: 34
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          Quote: Nikolai Ivanov_5
          I really liked the photo.


          I really liked it myself.
  2. Alexey Sommer
    Alexey Sommer 8 November 2020 15: 15
    +1
    What kind of rockets are they?
    to simulate a supersonic marine submarine missile
    1. Dodikson
      Dodikson 8 November 2020 15: 22
      +1
      Well, then Flurry fits the description.
      but Coyote is an X-31 based Mosquito simulator
    2. businessv
      businessv 8 November 2020 19: 19
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      Quote: Alexey Sommer
      What kind of rockets are they?

      laughing I believe that this is Zircon with an underwater launch (if there are any).
  3. rocket757
    rocket757 8 November 2020 15: 19
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    This task was set by the US Navy.

    Ha, as delivered, and will be removed ... when the costs begin to count.
    Other things, we open up great opportunities for printing press, for those who are closer to it!
  4. Prisoner
    Prisoner 8 November 2020 16: 22
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    And I'll learn from Monday ... Ta-a-a-what to learn? In! I will learn to speak French or Hindi, but not on Monday. By 2040 I will learn. Or maybe a little later and not in French. laughing
  5. flicker
    flicker 8 November 2020 16: 37
    +2
    In the United States, using drones to learn how to shoot down hypersonic missiles
    laughing
    Have you tried using a baseball bat?
    It looks like the Israeli design bureaus breed geldings for grandmother bully
  6. Rusland
    Rusland 8 November 2020 16: 39
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    I’ll throw a thought for them, if they are ahead of the whole planet, let them shoot down the same drones with hyper. yes
  7. Afotin
    Afotin 8 November 2020 16: 39
    +3
    It's not even funny. The modern US military-industrial complex is simply not capable of creating a means of intercepting hypersonic warheads. Three decades without a rival in the face of the USSR led to the degradation of technical thought and the loss of key competencies.
  8. businessv
    businessv 8 November 2020 19: 15
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    Thus, the American armed forces are introducing a new model for practicing anti-missile and air defense of the army and navy.
    An interesting statement! Create a super-fast target in order to then create a weapon against its combat counterparts. Somehow not entirely logical, as for me. It is clear that practicing combat skills is a very important part of training air defense crews, but something is wrong here. request
    1. Kalmar
      Kalmar 8 November 2020 21: 49
      +1
      Quote: businessv
      Create a super-fast target in order to then create a weapon against its combat counterparts. Somehow not entirely logical, as for me.

      Why? There are different options for dealing with high-speed targets that could potentially work, but as they say, "dry, my friend, theory is everywhere, and the tree of life is lushly green"... In the sense that these options need to be tested on something.
  9. Jacket in stock
    Jacket in stock 9 November 2020 06: 27
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    Chot did not understand anything at all.
    Either they will learn to shoot down hypersonic targets on targets flying only at a speed of 2M.
    Or they will add speed to an existing target.

    If the first, then somehow I can not believe in the practical benefits.
    If the second, then the reason for us to think and strain.
    In general, it's funny. First, they made a target for themselves from our combat missile, and now they can make themselves a new missile from this target, which is quite suitable as a combat
    1. FerrariStradale
      FerrariStradale 9 November 2020 20: 01
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      In the dense layers of the atmosphere, at the final stage, hypersonic missiles lose speed to low supersonic, and for an accurate hit, the missile itself must slow down to subsonic.
      Air resistance force - brakes all incoming vehicles. It is at this stage that the Americans are going to intercept hypersonic missiles.
      1. Volder
        Volder 10 November 2020 01: 53
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        Quote: FerrariStradale
        In the dense layers of the atmosphere, at the final stage, hypersonic missiles lose speed to low supersonic, and for an accurate hit, the missile itself must slow down to subsonic.
        This is not critical if the missile dives almost vertically at the end.
        Air resistance force - brakes all incoming vehicles. It is at this stage that the Americans are going to intercept hypersonic missiles.
        With a vertical dive, the missile cannot be shot down. Although, if the drones will guard it ... But for this, drones need to constantly hang over ships and other objects, because the reaction time is seconds.
  10. Operator
    Operator 9 November 2020 10: 03
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    Supersonic target missiles will mimic hypersonic missiles - how's that? laughing
  11. Armen Sologyan
    Armen Sologyan 9 November 2020 15: 12
    -1
    Since Reagan declared "star wars" a lot of water has flowed under the bridge and I think that Russia has succeeded, but the United States has not! I will not give evidence, there is none, but I know that in military space Russia is certainly one century ahead of the United States! Russia, namely the Russian Federation, is the best country and life is interesting here. There is something to compare, I was in Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic and Croatia. I haven’t been to the USA and I don’t want to, even if they invite me for free and give them a lot of dollars! I love the two currencies Ruble and Dram!
  12. ZEMCH
    ZEMCH 9 November 2020 18: 14
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    The GQM-163A Coyote is an excellent instrument for simulating a supersonic marine underwater missiles and other emerging supersonic and hypersonic cruise missiles.

    Underwater is clearly a bug, as well:
    The GQM-163 Coyote target rocket was developed by Orbital Sciences, which celebrated its 90th anniversary in early April. The history of the creation of RM "Coyote" is rather ambiguous. In the 31s, the American airline "Boeing" created a joint venture with the Russian NP "Star-Arrow". According to the signed agreement, Boeing purchases MA-31 target missiles, which are based on the Soviet Kh-50 air-to-surface tactical guided missile. In total, about 2005 domestic target missiles were purchased, which the Americans used in tests and in research laboratories until 2007-163. The result was the creation of its own target missile GQM-XNUMX Coyote.

    Again, the "ears" of the 90s, how many were sold to them, Yak-141, Yak-130, etc. Why no one was brought to justice am
  13. lopvlad
    lopvlad 10 November 2020 01: 12
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    using drones to learn how to shoot down hypersonic missiles


    supersonic apparently already know how to shoot down with slippers.
    The only thing that the United States knows how to do very well is to destroy states and create uncontrollable chaos, although they still believe that chaos turns out to be manageable.
  14. Ros 56
    Ros 56 10 November 2020 12: 22
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    fellow request what And no more thoughts come to mind. lol
  15. LeftPers
    LeftPers 11 November 2020 14: 39
    -1
    USA? and who is it, a piece of slime in the history of mankind, except for words and show-off there is nothing. Cursed country, cursed people.