First strategy I can think of is controlling the airspace of the whole Eurasia with their EW radars. This allows to see for instance the F-35s leaving the runway so to prepare the interceptors to stop them or discern the point when a MALD separates from the carrier. This allows to reduce the numbers of targets to deal with. Also a main factor is that US could not build up forces around Russia in massive amounts before they give an ultimatum. SDBs and MALD are not so disruptive technologies or hard targets to shoot down, they can be hard only if you allow the opponent to use them in massive amounts, at least from what I know.bolshevik345 wrote:Does the PVO have any strategies to deal with mass MALD deployment and SDB launches? I am not an electrical or software engineer, but AFAIK the smaller the guidance system, the more easily its jammed, and the SDB is small. Or am I wrong?
SDBs are indeed small, frail and slow weapons. There are a number of ways of fighting them in Russian military, from EW to AAA. And of course, given the use of a small warhead the effects of degrading the guidance can be quite big for the final lethality of the weapon. SDBII includes multimode seeker to address this issue, but the price is notably more expensive than the more simple original model. And the release ranges of these weapons are relatively small, so the carrier should launch them high altitude at max 100 km from the target, which does not seem a great idea if you consider the amount of high speed, long range means available to intercept them (i.e. MiG-31BM + R37M or S-400) way before they can position themselves for the attack. This is not the best weapon to confront Russia if their AD is working IMHO.