Zivo wrote:http://military-informant.com/army/na-baze-universalnoy-boevoy-platformyi-armata-sozdayut-novyiy-universlanyiy-raketnyiy-kompleks.htmlJSC "Instrument Design Bureau" together with the designers of the universal combat platform "Armata" started to develop a universal missile system capable of performing the task of destroying armored vehicles, manpower low-flying enemy targets, as reported by its own power military-informant.com portal.
The new missile system placed on the crawler combat vehicle Armata will combine the capabilities of operational-tactical complex, multiple rocket launchers and anti-tank complex. On the basis of the chassis will be available with a universal launcher class "surface-to-surface" missiles and "surface-to-air" in special military transport containers.
The composition of promising missile system will include armored launcher and machine guidance system and reconnaissance on the battlefield. A fundamentally new missile system will be able to interact with all modern weapons and obtain intelligence information from aerial surveillance, ground-based reconnaissance and other combat systems on the battlefield.
The new missile system based on the Armata platform designed to engage single and multiple targets, including tanks, engineering and fortifications, surface targets and low-speed flight vehicles at distances up to 145 km. It is assumed that the Ammunition of the new missile system will be about 20 ready-to-launch missiles for various purposes.
Since it's KBP, and given the wide target envelope, I'm assuming they're referring to Hermes.
I don't know how accurate that image is but if I recall right the max range of ground based (with the additional booster rocket stage) was 100 km not 145 km. It could be that they improved the range of Hermes, but 145 km sounds similar to the range of Tornado-S which would be much longer/larger than the munitions shown in the graphic. But at the same time I've never heard of MLRS capable of engaging low-flying speed aircraft, so this may actually be an improved Hermes.
Speaking of MLRS, what's the possibility that Hermes could an additional munition added to Smerch/Tornado-S MLRS? With the booster stage, Hermes is 210 mm in width, and 3500 mm in length, while Tornado-S is 300 mm in width, and 11.2 meters in length, so in theory 1 per tube can fit for a total of 12...however this isn't ideal, instead they (KBP-Tula) should create modified version of Hermes that reduces both stages from 170/210 mm, down to 150 mm (both stages conforming) with each stage lengthened to counterbalance the shortened diameters of stages. That modified configuration will give you 4 Hermes per tube (4x12) giving you a grand total of 48 Hermes longrange top-attack ATGM's.