Moscow Design Bureau "Compass" - one of the major Russian developers of navigation for the Armed Forces - successfully tested GLONASS navigation module for artillery ammunition.
The new module, created under the "Dynamics", can be installed on new shells, and the existing ones, said, "Izvestia," a source in the Defense Ministry.
- Module Development "Compass" can be screwed into the head of the artillery shells of 152 mm and above, at the regular place of fuse. It includes a combination fuze, GLONASS receiver and control surfaces - aerodynamic control surfaces, which are arranged in the flight path of the projectile and correct, - said the source "Izvestia".
In contrast, shells, controlled by a laser beam, the projectile with the module "Dynamics" does not depend on weather conditions and does not require external illumination purposes, so you can quickly hit point targets with known coordinates. Circular error probable modernized so the shell does not exceed 10 m, whereas for conventional 152-mm shells at long range shooting, it may be 100 m or more.
Russian version of the modernization of ammunition allows the shells with a satellite-guided considerably more expensive than 155-mm projectile American Excalibur from guided by GPS. This missile, equipped with a gas generator and built-in rudder, it is worth more than $ 80 thousand is expected that a large batch of its price should fall to $ 50 thousand Domestic module which allows to upgrade existing missiles in storage, will cost a little more than $ 1 thousand, explained " Izvestia, "a source in the military-industrial complex.
- The module can be used for both the old shells, as well as new, but in any case it will be much cheaper than American products. Russian scientists have been able to achieve sustainable GLONASS signal reception on the rotating shell, whereas the American "Excalibur" to stop its rotation to get a navigation signal. This greatly complicates and increases the cost of its construction, - the interlocutor of the newspaper.
According to the chief editor of trade magazine "Arsenal" Victor Murakhovski, the new Russian design - a real revolution in artillery.
- With the new shell can be reused to reduce the consumption of ammunition. When firing conventional ammunition to the platoon strong point to 1.8 thousand rounds, and then require ten times less. Shooting accuracy modernized missiles do not fall from a distance - it will be the same regardless of whether we shoot a 5 km or 50 km. This allows you to instantly strike any target, the main thing - to know their coordinates, which can be obtained from the reconnaissance drones and other sources - said the expert.
Murakhovski also noted that the low price of the module allows you to quickly equip the artillery units more guided missiles, with no additional upgrade themselves do not need guns.
However, the director of the Center for Military Forecasting Anatoly Tsyganok said that for effective use of such shells in the military system lacks precision targeting.
- Deep exploration to solve other problems, and no guidance on its long-range artillery will not be distracted. Satellite controls all field and there will not be reconfigured for each instrument, - said the Gypsy.
In his opinion, direct high-precision bombs to unmanned spy planes, which in the Russian army yet.