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.
Interesting... thanks for sharing... always nice to hear new information from you...
I guess it could even carry a sonar and some anti-submarine rockets or torpedo on weapon pylons. Making them sub hunters if they need to.
I suspect this modification is no more than a hook attached to a structurally central point on the helicopter, I would suspect depth charges and torpedoes could form part of the armament of the Hokums but would suspect an unmanned surface vessel would be more use with a dipping sonar to find underwater objects.
You would probably need rather more than a wing pylon mounted pod for the sonar sensor and extension and recovery mechanism and of course all the processing power needed to troll through all the data it would generate.
They are working on new helicopters to replace the Helix models, but they need to fit into the same hangars and use the same support equipment so I doubt they will look hugely different... much as the Helix looks very much like a Hormone that it replaced.
Likely improved aerodynamics, perhaps modular design like a scaled up Ka-226, and likely rather more powerful engines.
A version with dipping sonar... perhaps with a boat hull so it can land on the water to operate for extended periods with just an APU supplying power for operations would be interesting...
But previously in another thread you had suggested that long range missiles/ BVR missiles can be dodged because the defendant has some time in hand to employ evasive manoeuvre or use other countermeasure?
And I stand by that when the target is aware it is being attacked it can manouver in specific ways to waste the limited energy of the missile.
For instance a 120km range AMRAAM is fired at an Su-35 from 110km range and a nearby A-100 detects the launch and signals the Su-35, who then turns 90 degrees and now instead of flying towards the incoming missile is now heading effectively to maintain its 110km distance... now that AMRAAM was actually expecting the Su-35 to keep heading towards it so at say 800km/h closing speed firing at the Su-35 from 110km range the missile might have been expecting to impact the Flanker at about 70-80km range because while it was flying towards its target its target was closing the distance... well with this simple flight manouver instead of continuing flying straight forward its target is now going to be much further away and to one side so it has to lose a little speed and turn to the new intercept point... after 30 seconds of course the Su-35 might turn 180 degrees and head back the other way which means the AMRAAM which was flying at a target at 70-80km away and then having to turn and adjust its flight altitude and speed to then intercept a target 110km away and off to one side now has to change direction again and fly off on another angle... the Su-35 could then turn another 90 degrees and head away from the missile and more likely than not it will run out of energy and just fall from the sky because being rocket propelled its rocket motor does not operate all the way to the target so it is coasting on momentum... flight manouvers and changes greatly reduce its performance... the Flanker could actually climb and the extra altitude might mean the incoming missile burns energy climbing and can't recover it to then dive down on the target and using gravity to give it energy to overcome the drag of combat manouvers.
In this case however we are talking about a missile that has a flight speed of likely about 1.8km per second that will... when used against targets 100km away likely be lofted up to very high altitudes to then dive down on the target at very high speeds so the time to manouver and get the missile to waste energy and bleed speed is significantly reduced... and of course most radars on aircraft don't point upwards so having it swoop down at very very high speeds makes it hard to deal with in terms of flight manouvers.
Will the naval Ka 52 also carry the 100km range cruise missile?
If these missiles are Hermes then they are not really cruise missiles...
But for attacking land targets such weapons would be very useful for naval Ka-52s for attacking bunkers and gun emplacements and enemy armour for a landing force...
So is this new 100km range missile an export version of the Kh-35U ?
Pretty sure it is not.
It is more like a two stage Vikhr with a powerful booster rocket motor and a 30kg warhead...
Of course it can carry the Klenok/Hermes, I just wanted to demonstrate that it can carry much heavier weapons.
Indeed in some cases the much heavier warhead of Kh-35 and even Kh-31 would be useful but I suspect Hermes could be carried in greater numbers though it would not deliver the same punch to heavier ship targets...
From thegopniks links:
Another example if I am an Apache Pilot I would not mind bringing my Spike NLOS to take down an export mi-28 because that mi-28 radar is limited at 20kms while my radar performance far exceeds that mi-28s radar and so does my missile.
Yeah if range was everything then the USAF is screwed because the MiG-31BM with R-37M missiles has an engagement range of about 300km.
I rather suspect the new self defence systems of the Russian helos will render most anti aircraft missiles the west uses impotent... and if it comes down to a gun fight my money would be on the Russian helos because their guns are like comparing .22LR with 5.45x39mm ammo... both the same calibre but one is a low velocity round that relies on heavy projectiles for effect on targets, while the Russian round is actually heavier and moving much faster too.