Peŕrier wrote:Something flying at 5+ Mach, to perform a 45 degrees dive, would have in the first place to climb some hundreds if not thousand meters high before performing the dive, easing this way the work of interceptors.
Flying low just above sea level is key to make interception difficult, first because of clutter generated by sea surface, and second because any high -G manouvre from an intercepting missile at very low height could easily turn into the interceptor ditching itself into the sea.
AS-2 used to dive in the final course before hitting the target, and that flight pattern has been abandoned for very good reasons.
Trying to intercept a sea-skimming missile is a hell of a job even against subsonic missiles, doing against a high mach number one would be way more difficult than intercepting whatever try to dive from medium heights, no matters its speed.
Taking an unpredictable evasive course like the Iskander is still better and this seems to be the way Russian missile development is going.
Seeing it is irrelivent if you cannot hit it.