Military Review

Promising CUDA air-to-air guided missile

The exhibition "Air Force Association Technology Expo-2012", held in Washington in September 2012, aroused great interest among specialized publications. The presented technique was widely reported in the press, but there were exceptions. For example, the Air Force Magazine magazine published a photograph of the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter model, which had twelve missiles in its internal weapons bays. A small commentary to the photo states that this is a short-range air-to-air Cuda missile equipped with an active radar homing head.

The development of this weapon is the corporation Lockheed Martin. About Cuda, almost nothing is known about it, and the developers do not give any specific information. Cheryl Amerine (Cheryl Emeryn), a spokesman for Lockheed Martin, said: "Today, Cuda is a secret program, and we can only open some nuances to the world. The corporation is discussing this project with the US air force."

In fact, the representative confirmed only that this program exists, and its main goal is to increase several times the missile load (in 2-3 times the power) of fifth-generation stealth fighters. As you know, these aircraft are quite limited in ammunition, which is associated with a relatively small amount of internal weapons bays.

Cheryl Emeerin also said: “CUDA is being developed using Hit-to-Kill technology. The concept of a promising new missile will significantly increase the potential of 5 generation fighters. The combat capabilities of Hit-to-Kill technology in the United States Army have been used for more than ten years, and its use the Air Force is significantly transforming their combat capabilities. "

In terms of its dimensions, the CUDA rocket is close to the SDB small-sized controlled bomb, and in appearance it resembles a miniaturized shortened AIM-120 AMRAAM rocket. CUDA, like AIM-120, has an active radar targeting head.

From the foregoing it follows that, thanks to the Hit-to-Kill technology, this missile will not have a warhead in the modern sense - CUDA should hit the target only with a direct hit, like a controlled self-guided armor-piercing projectile. The most famous modern ammunition in which this principle is used is the THAAD missile defense complex. The development and export of this missile defense system is a matter of pride for Lockheed Martin Corporation. A less well known, but an important example is the latest Patriot missiles, the design of which also used the principle of kinetic interception of a target.

This approach has two main advantages - firstly, it is a huge kinetic impact power. (This will allow CUDA to be used in missile defense. According to some data, the Pentagon has been studying the possibility of using F-35s equipped CUDAs as an air defense system to intercept small missiles of anti-aircraft missile systems.) If a nearby Scud fragmentation warhead, it is possible and survive, then a direct strike at high speeds of approach (several kilometers per second) will surely tear the rocket into small pieces. Actually, the experience of counteracting Scud missiles in 1991 and was the impetus for the development of technology "hit-to-kill" in the United States.

Promising CUDA air-to-air guided missile

Secondly, the rejection of the warhead can significantly reduce the mass and dimensions of the rocket, which will make it much more compact. In turn, this makes it possible to expand the armament of the F-35.

An important disadvantage is one thing - the highest maneuverability and accuracy of the rocket are necessary. Undoubtedly, this will be one of the main "challenges" during the development of a new compact CUDA missile.

The choice of the homing head is also important: the active radar homing head will provide an opportunity to work more confidently and quickly from the internal compartments of the fighter, the thermal homing head takes some time to capture the target before launching, and the "capture after launch" technology still does not have sufficient reliability.

The promising CUDA guided missile is still on paper, and it will take a long time before it is put into service. But despite this, we can confidently say that if implemented, Cuda will significantly change the face of air battles. The fighters will get a big advantage: the F-35 will be able to carry the AIM-4 120 and the same Cuda on the internal suspension, and the F-22 - two AIM-9X with a thermal homing head, four Cuda and four AIM-120. From 8 to 10 missiles - not weak arsenal, especially when you consider that they are all located in the internal compartments.

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  1. Zerstorer
    Zerstorer 18 December 2012 10: 31
    A missile without warheads ... Of course, I am not special in ASP, but it also reduces the likelihood of hitting a target (ceteris paribus).
  2. yanus
    yanus 18 December 2012 11: 56
    This is where the maneuverability of fighters + electronic warfare comes in handy.
  3. Locksmith
    Locksmith 18 December 2012 13: 17
    How will she maneuver at that speed ??! Another American cut of money, at a speed of 3-4 km / sec, the rocket will fly like a shell — exactly in a straight line, any attempt to slightly change the trajectory will lead to gigantic rocket overloads.
    1. mga04
      mga04 18 December 2012 17: 41
      Look at its front. See such a perforated surface. Each such point is a miniature disposable solid fuel engine, working out at the right time, in the right direction. This is a variant of gas-dynamic control, providing super-maneuverability of the rocket. In principle - nothing particularly new, a similar management principle is used by both Russian and European developments.
      1. sv-sakh
        sv-sakh 19 December 2012 05: 55
        at 3-4 km \ sec (10-14 thousand km / h) these nozzles are not enough for over maneuverability.
        Before acceleration, it can also maneuver, and after - it will fly along a ballistic trajectory.
  4. Mr.Fox
    Mr.Fox 18 December 2012 14: 03
    Quote: Locksmith
    How will she maneuver at that speed ??!

    You may not believe it, but this is how everything new is created, which is then called unique and unparalleled. First, someone says "this is impossible", then someone asks "what if? .." And finally: "Eureka! The answer lay on the surface!"
  5. engineer74
    engineer74 18 December 2012 14: 35
    I envy the PR people of "Lockheed" with white envy. For the "crooked" aircraft they offer a virtual wunderwaffe, in which all supermegatechnologies have been collected.
    Our marketing is still studying and studying! good
    1. Anton Valerevich
      Anton Valerevich 19 November 2015 11: 27
      A good show is more expensive than money!
  6. Wedmak
    Wedmak 18 December 2012 14: 38
    And why on the top photo is the whole plane in points? Got sick? Chickenpox? Yes, and the rocket infected ....
    1. postman
      postman 18 December 2012 20: 36
      Quote: Wedmak
      Why on top

      these are the markers of the system of videometry and strain dynamometry, as always with test launches.
      retroreflective markers are applied, data is taken in. and so on, with the subsequent calculation of the kinematic and dynamic characteristics of the rocket and aircraft movements, rocket behavior in the air stream, etc. The analysis of the results was carried out using methods of mathematical statistics and the analysis of quantitative characteristics.
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  8. Andrei from Chelyabinsk
    Andrei from Chelyabinsk 18 December 2012 15: 13
    Quote: Mr.Fox
    You may not believe it, but this is exactly what creates everything new, which is then called unique and unparalleled.

    For example - F-117. Or - B-2. There are no analogues and thank God laughing
    Quote: rudolff
    The main problem here is not overload, but the speed of the rocket's "brains", guidance accuracy and response time to changes in target movement parameters.

    Of course, I am not an expert, but that's what it is ... To create such a rocket you need
    1) Solve high-speed super-maneuverability issues (3-4М)
    2) Create electronics capable of withstanding overload
    When theoretical problems are solved, then you can create a rocket. Of the new super-superstrong materials (super-overload) from the packaged electronics AGSN (they are the same).
    The Americans will create this rocket. From Monday to Thursday, it will be in service with the Air Force, and from Thursday to Sunday - in service with the Navy. By February 29 in each leap year - Marine Corps Aviation. Because to produce two such missiles can not even the US military budget.
    But the funny thing is - the rocket will have absolutely no advantages over the conventional short-range SD with the usual explosives in the warhead. reliable defeat of the aircraft kinetic warhead is almost impossible. - except that the hit will have to something really important.
    It so happened that even a direct hit of the UR did not lead to the death of the aircraft
    1. patsantre
      patsantre 18 December 2012 17: 10
      Quote: Andrey from Chelyabinsk
      But the funny thing is that the missile will have absolutely no advantages over a conventional short-range SD with a conventional explosive in warheads.

      It seems that the Russian language speaks about its advantage in the article.
  9. Locksmith
    Locksmith 18 December 2012 16: 07
    Quote: Andrey from Chelyabinsk
    Solve issues of super-maneuverability at high speeds (3-4M)

    If only 3-4 mach, and 12 mach do not want ?? smile
    Quote: Mr.Fox
    You may not believe it, but this is exactly what creates everything new, which is then called unique and unparalleled.

    This has long been eaten and shit..that, modern missile defense missiles fly to the meeting point with a warhead practically along a ballistic trajectory - no "super maneuverability" !!
    warhead flying 4-7 km \ sec, too, nichrome cannot maneuver, before dispersal, please, after NO!
    And judging by the fact that the rocket presented in the article is kinetic, it especially will not maneuver !! It will be like a high-speed bullet-shot and that's it! She barely has enough fuel to accelerate, but she also needs energy to maneuver, they probably expect that at such a speed at a short distance the fighter will not have time to dodge.
    1. saturn.mmm
      saturn.mmm 18 December 2012 21: 40
      Quote: Locksmith
      If only 3-4 mach, and 12 mach do not want ??

      But won't fly into space? Are you talking about a melee air-to-air missile?
    2. postman
      postman 19 December 2012 13: 22
      Quote: Locksmith
      and you don’t want 12 mach?

      This is fiction, not scientific.
      10M in the atmosphere (up to 20 km): this is 5000K-6000K (sun corona temperature).
      it’s also necessary to disperse (there will be something similar to poplar, by weight)

      Quote: Locksmith
      modern missile defense missiles fly to the meeting point with the warhead practically along a ballistic trajectory - no "super maneuverability" !!

      So you read and it seems that the Americans are over Why:
      -Aerojet aerodynamic surfaces on the Mk.72 booster? # probably to slow down
      - why is Mk.104 made two modal? # probably to download more money from the poor American people
      - why Mk.136 has the ability to 2 times turn on and remote control corrections are made (it works then it is only 30 seconds) # for beauty it’s possible

      -Why tormented with DACS. Stacking less than 8 kg for Mk 142 LEAP

      Everything is very similar to a "ballistic" trajectory ...

      FIG on KW GPS / INS and IR-GOS based on Hd-Kd-Te elements?
      If she flies
      Quote: Locksmith
      practically on a ballistic trajectory, no "super maneuverability" !!


      In the picture (below), of course, not RIM1-61, but THAAD, but still you can see with a naked eye that this is "purely for a ballistic trajectory"?

      And here is a video of the tests:
      1. postman
        postman 19 December 2012 13: 24
        Quote: Locksmith
        in the article kinetic, she especially will not maneuver !!

        you confuse the cause with the effect.
        Kinetic just needs to get EXACTLY into the MANEUVERING target.
        To do this, you need to "be able" to maneuver, or "PREDICT THE FUTURE".
        Choose which is easier ...

        However, if with 12M you easily fly in the atmosphere (
        Quote: Locksmith
        It has long been eaten and vysra .. that
        ), I'm sure to "look into the future" and determine where the target will arrive and release the generator along a BALLISTIC (almost) trajectory, then yes ..
  10. Russian sniper
    Russian sniper 18 December 2012 21: 36
    The missile is very similar to its counterpart AIM 120 and AIM-132, the outward similarity is great. yes But here is the interesting stuffing of the ammunition of this type and what it is really capable of. what By the way, such high-quality photos are pleasing. wink
  11. Locksmith
    Locksmith 18 December 2012 22: 31
    Quote: saturn.mmm
    Are you talking about a melee air-to-air missile?

    Damn, I somehow came up with parameters for her, they themselves seemed to be promoting "several kilometers per second", the current ones fly about 1.5 km / sec, so these are under 3-4 km / sec, and this is just 9-12 swings wink
  12. Gavril
    Gavril 19 December 2012 11: 01
    Ours would never have called a rocket like that "Kudaaa ?! shit")))
  13. SHOGUN
    SHOGUN 23 January 2013 16: 28
    Another SOI? It is possible that there are some considerations and developments, but the performance characteristics are clearly exaggerated.