GarryB wrote:Well it would be a good weapon to be used against an F-35... we have seen that US stealth aircraft of all types can easily be seen and tracked with IR sensors... these missiles should be the ideal way to bring such targets down...
GarryB the weapon of choice for air to air engagement, particularly agianst enemy helicopters (and only incidentally against enemy aircraft flying at low altitude to avoid destruction by long range AD systems) will be the Р-74М, just recently selected for integration with the Ми-28НМ that thanks to its new sensor suit will fully exploit its increased engagement range.
The stand-off cruise missile in question, still in final testing phase, is instead a product designed mostly for the new concept of employment of the expanding rotor wing component of Army's brigades, not only in support of the classical domestic combined arms operations, but much more importantly in deep operations of ВДД and also in those of the new airborne assault brigades.
This correspond to the new idea of "reactive" deep strike, entirely based on very-low-altitude penetration-capable platforms, with the integration of forward proceeding UAVs in the ISR roles, helicopter-mounted stand-off munitions in the deep-fire support/SEAD roles, all opening the way to the ВДД units destroying or gaining control of key enemy installations (particularly main air bases, radar satations and sommand/communication center).
This concept capitalize the enormous void, in western military force's composition, of the most elementary AD coverage at mid/low altitude, organic EW and masking elements for theirs infrastructures and first and second echelon ground offensive forces; this situation render almost impossible for them to prevent those kind of operations aimed at disorganize and collapse the same basis of theirs essential integration of air support and data dissemination for their ground component.