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    Iskander-E (SS-26 Stone):

    Post  Russian Patriot on Thu Jul 23, 2009 2:29 am

    Iskander-E (SS-26 Stone)

    In the late 1990s the Kolomna KB, which was in a difficult financial position, followed up its earlier work to develop a new tactical system, which it called the Iskander-E. This name suggested that it was first intended for export (the letter E stands for export), primarily to the Middle East. "Iskander" is the name used in Arab countries to describe Alexander the Great. That name is to symbolize to system buyers its invulnerability and high combat efficiency.


    The Iskander-E (SS-26 Stone) is a tactical surface-to-surface missile complex designed to deliver high-precision strikes at a variety of ground targets at a range of up to 280 km (170 miles). It carries a single warhead with a payload of 400 kg to comply with the limits laid down by the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).

    The Iskander-E has a launch weight of 3,800 kg and is deployed on a transporter erector launcher (TEL) vehicle that carries two missiles. The missiles incorporate 'stealth' technology and feature variable flight trajectory. They can reportedly be launched within a minute of each other and have a circular-error probable (CEP) of 30 meters. An Iskander battery comprises TELs, loaders, and a command vehicle. Target acquisition is supported by a mobile data-processing center.

    The system is intended to use conventional warheads for engagement of pinpoint and area targets, such as:
    hostile fire weapons (missile systems, multiple launch rocket systems, long-range artillery pieces);
    air and antimissile defense weapons;
    fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft at airfields;
    command posts and communications nodes;
    critical civilian infrastructure facilities;
    other vital pinpoint and area targets.
    The missile system ensures:
    high probability of fire mission accomplishment in hostile active countermeasures environments;
    high probability of failure-proof functioning of the missile during its launch preparation and in flight;
    automatic computation and input of missile flight missions by the launcher devices;
    high tactical maneuverability and strategic mobility owing to transportability of the system vehicles by all types of transport;
    automation of battle management of missile units and their information support;
    long service life and ease of operation.
    The Iskander-E system is equipped with a solid-propellant single-stage guided missile controlled throughout the entire flight path and provided with a non-separable warhead.

    Russia may deliver an export version of the Iskander system (Iskander-E) to Belarus as a response to U.S. missile shield plans in Central Europe. "Any action triggers a counteraction, the same is true for the deployment of the U.S. missile defense system in the Czech Republic and Poland," Colonel General Zaritsky said on 14 November 2007. Russia and Belarus, which maintained close political and economic ties since the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1991, had been in talks for several years on the delivery of Iskander-E complexes to equip at least one Belarus missile brigade by 2015. With its maximum range of 280 km (about 180 miles), Iskander-E's range is likely to cover U.S. missile defense facilities in Poland, which borders on Belarus.

    State arms exporter Rosoboronexport said on 01 October 2008 that several countries had shown an interest in purchasing Russia's advanced Iskander-E short-range ballistic missile systems. "Syria, the UAE, Malaysia, India and some other countries have shown an interest in the missile system," said Rosoboronexport official Nikolai Dimidyuk. Russia will also seek to export the Iskander-E to Algeria, Kuwait, Singapore, Vietnam, and South Korea, he added.

    According to Russian military experts, the Iskander-E missile complex will serve as "determent weapon" in local conflicts and as strategic arms for the countries with limited territory. Its great range of shooting making it possible to use it from the depth of one's own positions, and the brief time it can stay in its launch position make the complex virtually invulnerable to ordinary weapons.

    The United States has tried to reconsider the Missile Technology Control Regime and here arises the question whether this may be an obstacle for the sale of the new missile abroad. Such missile systems as Iskander have a special place in the world weapons market. Even a small amount of such missiles drastically changes the balance of force in conflicts.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/world/russia/ss-26-iskander-e.htm

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    Re: Iskander-E (SS-26 Stone):

    Post  Stealthflanker on Wed Aug 05, 2009 11:52 am

    This Missile is the "shorter" brother of earlier R-400 Oka..that sadly canceled due to stinks INF treaty No

    hmm i heard the Russian Version of this Missile have range of some 400 Km and each TEL can carry up to 2 Missiles ,is it true ?

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    Post  Russian Patriot on Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:28 pm

    Stealthflanker wrote:This Missile is the "shorter" brother of earlier R-400 Oka..that sadly canceled due to stinks INF treaty No

    hmm i heard the Russian Version of this Missile have range of some 400 Km and each TEL can carry up to 2 Missiles ,is it true ?

    Yes it is!

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    Post  sepheronx on Thu Aug 06, 2009 1:44 am

    Interesting to say the least. The fact that these missiles mostly fly below the main radar path, making it hard for missile defense systems to detect it and counter it (PAC-3, etc), but they have maneuvering abilities to evade incoming defense threats. These missiles are yet again, another step in missile technology, making Russia still #1 in this field.

    The cost of these missiles, and the effectiveness makes them very intriguing system. That is why I understand many countries trying to get their hands on the system.

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    Post  Vladimir79 on Thu Aug 06, 2009 6:42 am

    Stealthflanker wrote:This Missile is the "shorter" brother of earlier R-400 Oka..that sadly canceled due to stinks INF treaty No

    hmm i heard the Russian Version of this Missile have range of some 400 Km and each TEL can carry up to 2 Missiles ,is it true ?

    Actually the Russian version has ranges up to 500km.

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    Re: Iskander-E (SS-26 Stone):

    Post  Stealthflanker on Thu Aug 06, 2009 6:45 am

    Vladimir79 wrote:

    Actually the Russian version has ranges up to 500km.

    really ? hmm so finally Russians really replaces their old Oka with that version

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    Post  Vladimir79 on Thu Aug 06, 2009 6:55 am

    sepheronx wrote:Interesting to say the least. The fact that these missiles mostly fly below the main radar path, making it hard for missile defense systems to detect it and counter it (PAC-3, etc), but they have maneuvering abilities to evade incoming defense threats. These missiles are yet again, another step in missile technology, making Russia still #1 in this field.

    The cost of these missiles, and the effectiveness makes them very intriguing system. That is why I understand many countries trying to get their hands on the system.

    Not only that, but the missile itself is equipped with RCS reduction-coating/shape, decoy launchers, plus the maneuvering trajectory. There is little any Western ABM system can do to intercept it.

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    Post  Vladimir79 on Thu Aug 06, 2009 6:58 am

    Stealthflanker wrote:
    Vladimir79 wrote:

    Actually the Russian version has ranges up to 500km.

    really ? hmm so finally Russians really replaces their old Oka with that version

    Yes, Putin withdrew from the INF Treaty in 2007 making this range possible. If the US wants an ABM shield, we have the right to take it out.

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    Post  Vladislav on Thu Aug 06, 2009 7:45 pm

    Vladimir79 wrote:

    Not only that, but the missile itself is equipped with RCS reduction-coating/shape, decoy launchers, plus the maneuvering trajectory. There is little any Western ABM system can do to intercept it.

    Our Iskander is unstoppable!! What a Face

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    Russia says may yet deploy Iskander missiles in Baltic exclave

    Post  Russian Patriot on Sat Feb 20, 2010 9:12 pm

    Russia says may yet deploy Iskander missiles in Baltic exclave

    RIA Novosti

    19/02/201020:29

    HELSINKI, February 19 (RIA Novosti) - Russia could still deploy Iskander missiles in its exclave on the Baltic Sea if new threats emerge in Europe, Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov warned on Friday.

    "If no threats emerge in Europe to Russia, Iskanders will not be deployed in Kaliningrad, but if Russia faces new threats in Europe, Iskanders will be based there," Serdyukov said. "The decision will be taken by the president."

    Bulgaria and Romania have said they are in talks with the United States on hosting elements of its missile shield on their soil. The planned deployment of U.S. interceptor missiles into the Black Sea region triggered fierce criticism from Moscow, which is finishing up negotiations with Washington on a new nuclear arms cuts treaty.

    The planned deployments in Bulgaria and Romania come after President Barack Obama scrapped earlier plans for a radar and interceptor missiles in the Czech Republic and Poland, which Russia vehemently opposed as a national security threat and a blow to its nuclear deterrent.

    Russia insists that there is a direct link between cutting the nuclear arsenals of the two countries and curbs on their ability to build missile defense systems.

    A U.S. State Department official has said the facilities in Romania are to become operational by 2015 and are designed as protection against "current and emerging ballistic missile threats from Iran."

    On Monday, the unrecognized separatist Moldovan republic of Transdnestr offered to deploy Russian missile defense elements. Transdnestr leader Igor Smirnov was quoted by media that his republic would deploy elements of a Russian missile defense system to counter U.S. plans to deploy a missile shield in Romania if Moscow asked.

    Russia's envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin said on Tuesday that Transdnestr's move to deploy Russian Iskander missiles could lead to a serious regional conflict, and added that there could be no talk yet of bilateral efforts to "reset" Russian-U.S. relations if Moscow continues to hear the United States' plans to deploy missiles in Romania from mass media.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2010/russia-100219-rianovosti01.htm


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    Re: Iskander-E (SS-26 Stone):

    Post  Vladimir79 on Sun Feb 21, 2010 12:48 pm

    If the US missile base is in Romania, what good are Iskanders in Kaliningrad? We going to shoot the Poles just because they piss us off? dunno

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    Re: Iskander-E (SS-26 Stone):

    Post  GarryB on Tue Mar 30, 2010 2:50 pm

    sepheronx wrote:Interesting to say the least. The fact that these missiles mostly fly below the main radar path, making it hard for missile defense systems to detect it and counter it (PAC-3, etc), but they have maneuvering abilities to evade incoming defense threats. These missiles are yet again, another step in missile technology, making Russia still #1 in this field.

    The cost of these missiles, and the effectiveness makes them very intriguing system. That is why I understand many countries trying to get their hands on the system.

    Well, no, they don't fly under the radar, western radar would detect them early enough.
    The problem arises for the air defence SAM that when engaging very fast targets that you have to fly to where the target will be rather than where it currently is.
    What I mean is that if you have a large room and you have one person walking straight across it as the missile and direct another missile to intercept it if you launch the SAM directly at where the person is by the time your SAM gets there the person will have moved on.
    Because the person is moving at pretty much a similar speed to western SAMs this means that if the person coming across the room keeps changing direction the SAM has to cover a huge amount of ground to compensate.
    Even a turn of 10 degrees can shift the interception point by a much larger amount for a very fast target.
    The SAM will run out of energy and drop from the sky and keep in mind that the Iskander flys a ballistic trajectory so for the first part of its flight it will be very very high. PAC-3 has a very restricted range against ballistic targets (due to their steep trajectory) and would not cope well with a manouvering target.

    Actually the Russian version has ranges up to 500km.

    I have read up to about 480km for Tender-M, but this is only because of the INF treaty.

    Yes, Putin withdrew from the INF Treaty in 2007 making this range possible. If the US wants an ABM shield, we have the right to take it out.

    No, with respect that was the CFE treaty he withdrew from because no one else within NATO had signed it so Russia was limiting itself in a treaty no one else was bound by.

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    Iskander missile deployment in northwestern Russia incomprehensible – Estonian defense minister

    Post  Russian Patriot on Thu Jul 22, 2010 11:35 pm

    Iskander missile deployment in northwestern Russia incomprehensible – Estonian defense minister

    RIA Novosti

    01:45 20/07/2010

    TALLINN, July 20 (RIA Novosti) - The deployment of Iskander missiles in Russia's northwestern military district is incomprehensible in view of Russia's current relations with NATO, Estonian Defense Minister Jaak Aaviksoo has said.

    On Saturday, the chief of Russia's Ground Forces, Col. Gen. Alexander Postnikov, said the Iskander missiles had entered service with the Armed Forces in the Leningrad Military District.

    "During the past two decades, NATO has been seeking benevolent mutual understanding in relations with Russia. But benevolence does not mean naivety, that is why Moscow's decision to deploy Iskander missiles in the Kaliningrad region did not surprise us," Aaviksoo said.

    "We do not comprehend such a step considering both modern security threats and current relations between Russia and NATO," he said.

    The United States scrapped earlier plans last September for an antimissile defense system in the Czech Republic and Poland. Moscow welcomed the move, and President Dmitry Medvedev said later that Russia would drop plans to deploy Iskander-M missiles in its Kaliningrad Region, which borders NATO members Poland and Lithuania.

    However, Washington has not given up on its European missile shield initiative. In May, the United States opened a temporary military base in northern Poland, just 80 km (50 miles) from the border of Russia's Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad, in accordance with an agreement negotiated under former President George Bush in 2008 – a move which drew much criticism from Russia.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2010/russia-100720-rianovosti03.htm

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    Re: Iskander-E (SS-26 Stone):

    Post  GarryB on Fri Jul 23, 2010 5:58 am

    Incomprehensible and no surprise?
    This guy needs to read a dictionary.
    The US has moved its missile shield, not scrapped it. Russia has moved its missiles.
    This guy should look up words like symmetry and balanced response.
    He should also look at Estonian relations with Russia and ask why when Estonia and its neighbours are always trying to stick the boot into Russia at every NATO event/conference that Russia should treat such countries as friends.

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    Post  Viktor on Fri Jul 23, 2010 7:31 pm

    Also he does not mention NATO exercises at area.

    Anyway what cares what little man has to say.

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    Re: Iskander-E (SS-26 Stone):

    Post  coolieno99 on Thu Aug 26, 2010 7:21 am

    An interesting and detail description of Iskander tactical BM as given by a poster at irandefence.net. The missile is difficult to intercept, because it spirals downward in the terminal phase of its trajectory.

    “Effective range” of Iskander is a conditional notion. Most likely, the ballistic range of Iskander-E would be equal 500 km approximately, because it is a derivative of the Soviet “Oka” of 1980s, and somewhat longer for more advanced Iskander-M.
    But in fact Iskander is “quasi-ballistic” missile (or “exoatmospheric cruise missile”) which is controllable during all flight time and can change trajectory arbitrarily. Naturally, each deviation from the ballistic trajectory spends energy and diminishes the practical range. It is artificially reduced to 280 km for the export Iskander-E and can vary between 400 km and 500 km for “interior” Iskander-M
    In the boost phase Iskander almost vertically ascend to the altitude 12-15 km and reach the velocity of 2100 m/s ( about M=8 ).
    In the midcourse phase Iskander takes the due direction and further ascends to the “working altitude” of 50 km, with some zigzag maneuver. “Working altitude” is chosen to diminish effectiveness of exoatmospheric ABMs like THAAD (its minimum effective altitude is evaluated as 30-40 km, and the 50-km altitude is still inconvenient for its seeker; note that the maximum flight altitude for 300-km ballistic range would be 84 km). The velocity of Iskander during the flat midcourse part of trajectory is about 1300 m/s (about M=4); it has stealthy shape and anti-radar covering, and can change direction in flight, i.e. make turns.
    The midcourse trajectory is calculated by on-board computer so that the missile would duly exhaust energy by the end of planned range and fall vertically on the target. The fall from 50 km altitude is accomplished as a spiral maneuver with occasional amplitude and g-load=20-30. The maneuver brakes the missile and allows: a) initiate cluster warhead properly (at the altitude about 1 km); b) avoid point-defense endoatmospheric ABMs like Patriot PAC3, Arrow etc. which need precalculating the path of intercepted missile (note that they are effective only up to the altitude of 25-30 km, and can not intercept Iskander during its mid-course phase). Besides, the intercepting ABM must sustain g-load=50 at least, or rather 60, which is near the limit of existing SAMs.
    Iskander is fully autonomous during all flight, i.e. ground operator enters only coordinates of launching and target. The flight path and characteristics of maneuvers are chosen by the on-board computer absolutely independently and arbitrarily, i.e. the path of missile is unpredictable even for launching team. This makes the standard version of Iskander inherently unjammable: it doesn’t radiate anything and doesn’t accept any flight commands.
    Iskander-E has INS (inertial navigation system) for mid-course flight and electronic-optical seeker for final homing. INS provides CEP=50 m for 280-km range. EOS has CEP=5-7 m. EOS compares the distinctive points of visible terrain with the preloaded map. It can be used in the day and night time and even in moderate cloudiness, but not in really bad weather.
    If necessary, GPS/GLONASS navigation can be added optionally. Designers consider GPS/GLONASS vulnerable to jamming, but it can be useful in the conflicts of low and medium intensity, as providing cheap all-weather capacity.
    Reputedly Iskander-M uses active radiolocation seeker (ARS) of the company Fazotron instead of EOS of TSNIIAG. Its prototype was exhibited in 1999 with claimed CEP=2 m, but later this matter has been classified.
    The weight of warhead of Iskander-E is 482 kg (i.e. the same as for Tochka-U), for Iskander-M – reputedly 700-750 kg (in fact the weight of various warheads can differ). Warheads can be “special” (i.e. nuclear or chemical) or conventional of 7 types: 3 unitary (HE-Frag, HE-Incendiary, Penetration) and 4 cluster (Fragmentation, HEAT-Frag, Anti-tank with IR-homing, FAE bomblets). Note that the cluster warhead with homed submunitions (MOTIV-3M or GNOM) can be used against moving targets (tank columns etc.).
    It can be said without boasting that Iskander is the most advanced among all existing short-range ballistic missiles, and certainly the hardest to intercept.

    Source: Dmitry - irandefence.net

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    Re: Iskander-E (SS-26 Stone):

    Post  IronsightSniper on Sun Sep 26, 2010 2:17 am

    Vladimir79 wrote:
    sepheronx wrote:Interesting to say the least. The fact that these missiles mostly fly below the main radar path, making it hard for missile defense systems to detect it and counter it (PAC-3, etc), but they have maneuvering abilities to evade incoming defense threats. These missiles are yet again, another step in missile technology, making Russia still #1 in this field.

    The cost of these missiles, and the effectiveness makes them very intriguing system. That is why I understand many countries trying to get their hands on the system.

    Not only that, but the missile itself is equipped with RCS reduction-coating/shape, decoy launchers, plus the maneuvering trajectory. There is little any Western ABM system can do to intercept it.

    Any info on it's RCS? :O

    Also, I am curious if it has/plans to have counter-laser technologies like the Topol-M has.

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    Post  Austin on Sun Sep 26, 2010 8:27 am

    ^^^ The velocity of Iskander-M is ~ 2100 m/s ( Mach 6 ) while it is boost gliding during its cruise phase at ~ 50 km altitude its a Hypersonic Boost Glide Vehical while it attack or dives at the target at high supersonic speed > M 3.

    The only other missile that is known to boost glide at hypersonic speed is the Indian Shourya missile.


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    Post  IronsightSniper on Sun Sep 26, 2010 11:50 am

    By the way, I am curious if the Iskander could be utilized for an Anti-Shipping role? The high speed, accuracy, interception prevention would make the Iskander a pretty damn deadly AShM.

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    Post  Austin on Sun Sep 26, 2010 4:32 pm

    IronsightSniper wrote:By the way, I am curious if the Iskander could be utilized for an Anti-Shipping role? The high speed, accuracy, interception prevention would make the Iskander a pretty damn deadly AShM.

    With the right seeker they can develop a Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile which as you know are quite in the news these days , but I am not sure if Russia would need that as they have many capable anti-ship missile

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    Post  Robert.V on Sun Sep 26, 2010 7:27 pm

    Austin wrote:
    IronsightSniper wrote:By the way, I am curious if the Iskander could be utilized for an Anti-Shipping role? The high speed, accuracy, interception prevention would make the Iskander a pretty damn deadly AShM.

    With the right seeker they can develop a Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile which as you know are quite in the news these days , but I am not sure if Russia would need that as they have many capable anti-ship missile


    Soviets had an anti-ship ballistic missile on paper or working on it but at that time it wasn't deemed worthy.

    I don't remember though what ballistic missile they were going to modify ..it should still be on MP.net somewhere in the Russian photo thread.

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    Re: Iskander-E (SS-26 Stone):

    Post  GarryB on Mon Sep 27, 2010 1:40 am

    The Iskander is basically the Russian replacement for the SCUD.
    The model the Russians use is believed to be called Tender-M and is believed to have a range of 480km and it has two main guidance options, optical, where a satellite photo or aerial recon photo is scanned and loaded into the memory of the seeker with the target highlighted for terminal guidance to impact, and active radar which obviously requires a radar image of the target area for terminal guidance.
    The FROG series btw was replaced with the smaller shorter ranged Tochka-U with similar guidance options and warhead options but the shorter range of about 120km.
    Unlike the Iskander the Tochka only carries one missile ready to launch, while the Iskander has two on the TEL.
    These missiles were designed for the Army and not much consideration was given to other purposes. Right now production is probably not meeting Army requirements let alone thinking about Navy needs.

    Traditionally the Russian Army has expected to fight alone without airpower in support. They have focussed on supporting their own forces with artillery of all types with the Iskander being in many ways the equivelent of an all weather day night strike aircraft with rather good accuracy. With the new focus on air power the importance of such assets might diminish considerably despite their performance.

    To answer the original question they already have more options than they really need in the anti ship missile department including the Club series, the Sunburn/Moskit series, the Yakhont/Onyx/Brahmos series, the Granit, the Vulkan, and then there is the Uran, and the other air to surface missiles that can be used against ships like the Kh-25, Kh-29, Kh-31, Kh-35, Kh-38, Kh-58, and Kh-59. (ie AS-10, AS-14, AS-17, AS-??, AS-??, AS-11, and AS-18)

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    Re: Iskander-E (SS-26 Stone):

    Post  IronsightSniper on Mon Sep 27, 2010 5:04 am

    Well of course Russia has multiple methods for anti-shipping, but with the advent of the ever more common western missile based CIWS systems like the ESSM, it would be quite logical to explore other methods of AEGIS penetration. The BMD dodging capabilities that the Iskander has would make it an invaluable asset against Carrier battle groups, which unlike supersonic seaskimmers like the Klub, would not have to be fired in saturation to penetrate and destroy.

    However, one idea would be to lure a CBG to lets say, 300 km to the shore, fire 1-5 Iskanders outfitted for the anti-shipping role(maybe an armor piercing thermobaric warhead?) and then fire a volley of 6-12 Klubs from docked Corvettes, and in tandem, would have a significantly increased success rate of eliminating the Carrier or the entire group.

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    Re: Iskander-E (SS-26 Stone):

    Post  Austin on Mon Sep 27, 2010 5:12 am

    IronsightSniper, every weapon have their own pluses and minuses and there is nothing like a perfect weapon.

    AShBM travel quite high and are trackable at long ranges without any background clutter but tries to beat the system with speed and some manouveribility , anti-ship missile flies low fast or slow and tries to beat by flying below radar as far as possible ,against sea clutter and better manouveribility but at slower speed.

    SAM will have their own set of problems dealing with both.

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    Post  IronsightSniper on Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:39 am

    And that's why I said using them in tandem Wink

    My calculations show that the radar horizon of the AN/SPY-1 for a Klub-type sea skimmer is about 25 km. Traveling at about Mach 3 at 3-5 meters above sea level will mean that upon detection, AEGIS will have 25 seconds to counter the Klub. That is not an impossible task, and there's likely hood that 1 or 2 Klubs per 6 missile volley will get hit. The Klub itself would be far more effective when used in tandem with an Iskander.

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