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LRHW project. New data and new questions

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Means of the LRHW ground complex on the slide of the official presentation


Over the past few years, the United States has been developing a promising long-range hypersonic missile system LRHW (Long Range Hypersonic Weapon). Regularly reports on the implementation of certain works and discloses various plans. At the same time, the key characteristics of the complex have so far remained unknown. The other day they were revealed, which allows us to understand the potential of the new missile and determine its place in the future structure of the army's weapons.

Public information


The first reports on the study of issues of creating a new missile system with a hypersonic warhead appeared in 2016-17. The LRHW project was officially presented in 2018, and in the future the Pentagon has repeatedly announced this or that information. Also, various assessments and information from unnamed sources were published in the foreign press.

According to known data, the LRHW complex will include several main products. The main thing is an AUR (All-Up-Round) rocket in a transport and launch container, carrying a C-HGB (Common Hypersonic Glide Body) warhead. A mobile launcher and a mobile missile battery command post are being developed. In addition, it is expected to create a modification of the complex for placement on submarines and surface ships.

The C-HGB product belongs to the boost-glide class and is a hypersonic glider. The launch vehicle must accelerate it to operating speed, after which an independent gliding flight begins. According to the Pentagon, the speed of the C-HGB block will exceed 5M. More precise values ​​are not disclosed.


More detailed graphics

Range parameters have remained virtually unknown until recently. Officials talked about flying "thousands of kilometers", and this formulation did not reveal the issue in any way. On May 12, Breaking Defense, referring to a representative of the US Army, gave more accurate numbers. According to the source, the LRHW's range will exceed 1725 ​​miles or 2775 km.

Missiles in the troops


According to recent reports, the first launch of an LRHW rocket will take place this year. In the near future, they plan to carry out the necessary tests, and in 2023, the first missile battery of a new type will be deployed in the combat unit. At the same time, the appearance in the army of several other promising samples of various kinds is expected. With their help, the Pentagon plans to significantly change the structure of the missile forces and artillery, as well as improve their capabilities.

Recent reports have revealed the desired structure of missile and artillery weapons based on existing and future systems. In it, self-propelled howitzers M109 and ERCA, as well as M270 MLRS and M142 HIMARS rocket systems, will be responsible for hitting targets within a radius of several tens of kilometers. With the help of promising shells and unguided rockets, they will attack objects at ranges of at least 40-70 km. Systems with such capabilities will be used at the level of ground brigades and divisions.

The existing ATACMS tactical missiles for MLRS and HIMARS will be removed from service in the future and replaced with new PrSM products. The latter will be used against targets at ranges of at least 500 km. In the future, it is planned to create more long-range modifications. The use of PrSM will be decided by the corps command.

LRHW project. New data and new questions

Model of the hypersonic warhead C-HGB

The most advanced and effective weapons will be under the control of the theater of war command. The LRHW and MRC complexes are assigned to this category. The first will be able to attack targets at 2775 km, the second is designed to destroy objects at a distance of about 1800 km. It is assumed that LRHW will be deployed in Europe and the Pacific Ocean, taking into account the current military and political challenges and threats.

Thus, in the future, the US ground forces plan to receive a whole system of modernized and new weapons of various kinds, capable of effectively hitting various targets in a wide range of ranges. Through the use of ready-made samples and advanced technologies, high flexibility and effectiveness of combat use will be ensured. This takes into account the specificity of various targets and enemy defense systems. So, in the tactical radius they plan to make do with artillery, and at ranges from 1000-1500 km, they will have to use hypersonic warheads.

The LRHW and C-HGB are expected to enter service with the naval forces. Bearers of this weapons will be surface ships and submarines. In this case, the hypersonic complex will also become part of the general weapons system, capable of complementing other samples.

Without breaking contracts


The declared characteristics make it possible to classify the LRHW complex as a medium-range missile. It should be recalled that until recently, the development, testing and adoption of such a system for service was impossible - they were prohibited by the previously existing Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles.

Over the past several years, the United States has accused Russia of violations of the INF Treaty, and in 2019, on this basis, withdrew from the agreement. Immediately after that, the development of several new samples began, the appearance and characteristics of which did not comply with the Treaty. At the same time, the first research and design work that formed the basis for future projects began during the period of the INF Treaty.


C-HGB missile test launch, March 2020

Thus, a very interesting picture is emerging. It turns out that a few years ago the Pentagon recognized the need to create new ground-based missile systems, incl. hypersonic, with a range of more than 500 km and less than 5500 km. However, the creation of such samples was impossible due to the existing Treaty. And this problem was solved in the simplest way: they accused the partner of violations and then withdrew from the agreement, after which they began to openly develop new projects.

Formally, the United States has not violated anything, and with the right emphasis, it even looks like the guardians and defenders of the INF Treaty and world peace. At the same time, the "forced measure" caused by the "Russian violations" now allows them to create new weapons with high performance and close important, but still empty niches.

Questions and Answers


According to the approved plans, the first tests of the LRHW should take place this year, and already in 2023 the first battery of such complexes will go to the troops and take up combat duty. Together with it, a whole range of new models of artillery and missile weapons will appear in the ground forces. In the future, the number of such novelties in the units will gradually increase, increasing the strike potential of the army.

It is easy to see that, as development work continues, certain features of promising projects become known. So, in the context of LRHW, the main features of the appearance and composition of the complex, the flight characteristics of the missile and the warhead, the tactical role and other features have already been announced. Apparently, new messages will appear in the near future, complementing the known picture.

However, not all data will be published. So far, the real timing of testing and adoption, as well as the real cost of the program and its ratio with the calculated one, remain in question. In addition, the complex has not yet confirmed the declared flight and combat characteristics. Nevertheless, the Pentagon is optimistic about the future and expects to complete current projects on time and in full. Whether it will be possible to do this and get a missile with a range of more than 2775 km will become known in the coming years.
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  1. Gregory 1
    Gregory 1 18 May 2021 18: 10
    -4
    Quote: Military Review
    The LRHW and C-HGB are expected to enter service with the naval forces.
    While they remain in question real terms of testing and adoption, as well as the real cost of the program and its ratio with the estimated one. In addition, the complex has not yet confirmed the declared flight and combat characteristics.

    When put into service, then we'll see and evaluate! It's still very, very early to talk about it.
    1. t-12
      t-12 18 May 2021 18: 46
      +5
      When put into service, it may be too late to look and evaluate.
      1. Gregory 1
        Gregory 1 18 May 2021 18: 54
        -7
        Quote: t-12
        When put into service, it may be too late to look and evaluate.

        Do you think that work is not being carried out in Russia and intelligence is not working? In addition, there are nuclear deterrent (SNF). Talking about late is completely inappropriate.
        1. Zaurbek
          Zaurbek 19 May 2021 10: 40
          -1
          It's not about the glider. This is the MRBM, from the treaty under which the United States withdrew. It turns out that it is necessary to start the production of SD missiles ..... not even the GP block will fly to the right place. And these US BRs are planning to put them somewhere in the Far East against China.
    2. Nikolaevich I
      Nikolaevich I 19 May 2021 00: 46
      +5
      Quote: Gregory 1
      When put into service, then we'll see and evaluate! It's still very, very early to talk about it.

      What the hell is arrogance! The arrogance of the "ostrich" who decided to "hide his head in the sand"! Early? Then it will be too late!
      1. The comment was deleted.
        1. Gregory 1
          Gregory 1 19 May 2021 12: 56
          -5
          Quote: Nikolaevich I
          Quote: Gregory 1 (Gregory)
          When put into service, then we'll see and evaluate! It's still very, very early to talk about it.

          What the hell is arrogance! The arrogance of the "ostrich" who decided to "hide his head in the sand"! Early? Then it will be too late!

          What, you are here, many, completely illiterate! Watch the interview of the general designer - Herbert Efremov, where he said about the defeat of our ICBM targets at a distance of less than D = 1000 km. Of course, the RSD is needed as a class of weapons, but we have something to answer with at the present time.
          Don't go into hysteria. It's not all gone yet!
          1. Nikolaevich I
            Nikolaevich I 19 May 2021 13: 01
            +4
            Quote: Gregory 1
            the defeat of our ICBM targets at a distance of less than D = 1000 km. Of course, the RSD is needed as a class of weapons, but we have something to answer with at the present time.
            Don't be hysterical. It's not all gone yet

            What's wrong with you? You about Thomas; and you about Erema! You mean the fork ... you mean the bottle! request
  2. dauria
    dauria 18 May 2021 18: 11
    +6
    Pershing-2 with a maneuvering hypersonic head. And not in Germany, but in Poland. This is too serious.
    And the answer must be such that it is not the Poles who are "listed" (no one will ask them anyway), but the "entertainers" from Washington themselves.
    1. t-12
      t-12 18 May 2021 18: 51
      -2
      The only answer to their missiles in Poland is our missiles in Cuba. But Cubans are unlikely to agree to that. And how to supply the Cuban group? Again, the blockade will begin as in 1962.
  3. OgnennyiKotik
    OgnennyiKotik 18 May 2021 18: 13
    +4
    The US Department of Defense reported that on the evening of March 19, 2020, a test launch of a rocket with a Common-Hypersonic Glide Body (C-HGB) universal maneuverable gliding hypersonic warhead was made from the Pacific Missile Range in Hawaii. It is stated that the C-HGB warhead, during a successful test, developed hypersonic speed and reached a given point. The test was jointly carried out by the US Army and Navy with the assistance of the US Missile Defense Agency, which monitored the test.


    On the question of testing.

    The Army and the ILC also plan to adopt the strike / multipurpose hypersonic variant of the SM-6 and return the Tomahawk to service under the Mid-Range Capability (MRC) program.

    1. Zaurbek
      Zaurbek 19 May 2021 10: 42
      +1
      Quite right. We need to remember the launcher for the CD based on the MZKT ..... make a new MRBM for the Iskander OTRK and add more MRBMs. (short YARS, whatever)
      1. OgnennyiKotik
        OgnennyiKotik 19 May 2021 10: 44
        +1
        Iskander and its missiles (cruise and quasi-ballistic) have a very large potential for modernization, they must cover the 1000-1500 km line. Then there are other complexes.
        1. Zaurbek
          Zaurbek 19 May 2021 10: 47
          0
          I'm talking about this .... And there was an article about MZKT 10x10 a little more authentic.
    2. Dmitry Izmalkov
      Dmitry Izmalkov 19 May 2021 17: 25
      0
      I read about the sm-6 block 1b missile, but I hear about its use as an unearthly strike missile for the first time
  4. knn54
    knn54 18 May 2021 18: 45
    -9
    The S-500 takes targets up to 7 km / s.
    To put similar weapons on the eastern borders.
    From Chukotka to Alaska and the Pacific coast of the "Primordial Source of Evil" is not so far.
    1. Zaurbek
      Zaurbek 19 May 2021 10: 43
      +6
      First you need to start producing the C500 itself ...
      1. vadim dok
        vadim dok 19 May 2021 15: 37
        0
        Is there a boy (S-500) at all?
        1. Zaurbek
          Zaurbek 19 May 2021 16: 04
          0
          I totally believe it. This is not a panacea ... I suspect that the main feature is the creation of a network of complexes and the ability to receive and transmit data to other machines. Naturally, new radars, brains and missiles for missile defense ... the rest of the missiles are on the C400 and C350
  5. rocket757
    rocket757 18 May 2021 19: 07
    +3
    LHRW project. New data and new questions
    ... Game of catch-up, overtook ...
    The world shouldn't sleep well ... the striped ones can't let that happen.
  6. out of habit
    out of habit 18 May 2021 19: 10
    +1
    At 2775 km at a speed of Mach 5.452.
  7. Operator
    Operator 18 May 2021 19: 21
    -5
    Key word "will" - or maybe (as always in the USA lately) and will not bully
  8. nobody75
    nobody75 18 May 2021 21: 38
    +5
    Judging by the photo, this is not a glider, but a maneuvering warhead. Yes, in hypersound, the cone also creates a lift, but it is unclear how aerodynamic stability of flight on a wavy trajectory will be ensured ...
    Sincerely
    1. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 19 May 2021 00: 12
      +3
      Gas rudders controlled by a computer?
      1. nobody75
        nobody75 19 May 2021 10: 33
        0
        How will they help? The whole trick with the glider is in its trajectory, which allows you to make corrections by periodically lifting ... Oh, I said too much ...
        Sincerely
    2. Ka-52
      Ka-52 19 May 2021 07: 11
      +1
      Yes, on hypersound and the cone creates lift,

      in hypersound, due to the high speed, the surrounding atmosphere can (from the point of view of gas dynamics) be considered as a homogeneous inviscid gas. Because of this, the formation of a laminar layer along the wetted surface will be difficult. That will negatively affect the possible aerodynamics of controlled flight.
      1. nobody75
        nobody75 19 May 2021 10: 31
        +2
        At 5m I agree with you - it can be considered a homogeneous gas. And above - as a homogeneous gas can no longer be considered ... At such speeds, the lifting force is created due to the jump and it makes no sense to talk about the laminar flow, because the equations have a gap ... Actually, this gap creates the lifting force. But for the machine described above, this is not essential, then that it is a controlled rc at a speed of about 5M.
        Sincerely
        1. Ka-52
          Ka-52 19 May 2021 11: 59
          +1
          you may be right. But there is one "but" - as the velocity increases, the laminar flow after the Reynolds number turns into a vortex turbulent one. Therefore, the flow is not able to provide lifting force.
          1. nobody75
            nobody75 19 May 2021 12: 02
            +1
            There is not even a turbulent ... there is a gap and the Bernoulli equation cannot be written in differential form ...
            Sincerely
  9. bk0010
    bk0010 18 May 2021 22: 29
    0
    In fact, this direction is not very relevant for the states: their opponents do not have an anti-missile defense system, which requires a maneuvering hypersonic warhead to break through.
    1. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 19 May 2021 00: 11
      +4
      All medium-range missiles - both conventional ballistic missiles and gliders - are against China.
      America wants to defeat China in regional conflict by conventional
      weapons without starting a nuclear war.
      And China does not benefit from a nuclear clash. China also hopes
      push the US Navy back from its borders into the Pacific Ocean with conventional weapons.
      1. Avior
        Avior 19 May 2021 00: 32
        0
        All medium-range missiles - both conventional ballistic missiles and gliders - are against China.

        but if necessary, they can quickly find themselves in Europe.
        1. nobody75
          nobody75 19 May 2021 10: 36
          0
          Even if medium-range missiles appear in Ukraine, this will not greatly affect the strategic situation ... But the creation of specialized quantum computers for tasks about ...
          Sincerely
          1. voyaka uh
            voyaka uh 19 May 2021 11: 54
            +1
            In quantum computers and quantum communications, China is the world leader. Outstripped the USA
            1. nobody75
              nobody75 19 May 2021 12: 00
              -2
              If we take quantum algorithms, then the leader is Russia ... Therefore, the Darkest First Guards TA is not led to its end in Khokhlostan ... It's a pity ... As a result of modeling, I drew such an interesting plan ... However, in the Livermore National Laboratory thought the same ... That would be to compare!
              Sincerely
      2. Zaurbek
        Zaurbek 19 May 2021 10: 45
        0
        These MRBM missiles will be delivered somewhere in the Far East, overlapping the territory of China and our Far East (EAO, by the way, too) .... Accordingly, we need to think about the production of MRBMs ...
        1. voyaka uh
          voyaka uh 19 May 2021 12: 00
          +4
          The Americans have a problem - how to destroy the Chinese ICBM launchers?
          China placed them very cleverly: under the guise of the state. borders of Russia. In the middle of China, close to Russia.
          If the Americans strike with the Minutemans, their flight path will pass over Russia, and Russia can respond with a nuclear strike.
          Remains - only from the south, southeast. From submarines
          or these new medium-range ballistic missiles.
          1. Zaurbek
            Zaurbek 19 May 2021 12: 04
            0
            China is building an early warning missile system ..... and will detect ICBM launches ..... A BR is a pistol at the temple of China, which has no analogue in the United States near their temple. They repeat the situation with the RSD from the USSR. And trying to catch up with China on such missiles.
          2. nobody75
            nobody75 19 May 2021 12: 05
            -3
            Why destroy the launchers ??? Cyber ​​weapons are much more effective ...
            Sincerely
            1. Vadim237
              Vadim237 19 May 2021 17: 10
              0
              The launchers are not connected to the Internet; the military has its own private Internet.
              1. nobody75
                nobody75 19 May 2021 17: 38
                0
                Have you ever seen abandoned Soviet launchers? China will face the same fate ... It is much more effective to destroy trade with the help of cyberattacks than to exchange nuclear strikes ... By the way, our beloved American oil pipeline still does not accept online applications for pumping ...
                Sincerely