A nice feature of the Brimstone is that in certain situations a "man-in-the-loop" is not required so it becomes a fully autonomous missile. This is enabled through the fire-and-forget, MMW-only mode that can probably be enabled via a software role change
The reason for Brimstone is Soviet and Russian air defences making flying a plane or helicopter and using a shorter ranged missile would be suicide.
I would think with the combination of camouflage and jammers including smoke grenades and other systems a man in the loop for guidance would actually be a good thing, but these low flying slow missiles would be easy targets for TOR and Pantsir.
In those cases, the weapon could be reasonably said to be choosing its own targets.
Indeed, so being a British weapon... how many American vehicles will it kill in a HATO exercise?
Brimstone’s most innovative feature is actually not an ability to loiter to search for targets, but rather the ability for the missiles to cooperate to ensure they don’t hit the same target.
Russian anti tank top attack submunitions that entered service in the mid 1980s had MMW radar sensors to detect tanks as they fell... firing top attack self forging fragment warheads down at the thin tops of enemy vehicles.... in about the mid 1990s they were upgraded to include an IR sensor so that vehicles that were already on fire would not be hit again... so that feature is not really very new.
West caught up 40 years late that's correct, but the full autonomous technology per se is impressive.
The requirement for the Brimstone is the existence of a very very strong air defence network operating above Russian forces that made such a weapon mandatory.
Considering its specs... ie Hellfire based weapon... I am not sure it would survive long over a battlefield with Russian armoured forces operating there... TOR in particular should be able to smack these things down fairly easily and the new 32km range model should be able to take out the launch platforms too... if not then Pantsir-SM could do that.
Even if it did get through is there any guarantee it will get past APS systems on the new Russian armoured vehicles?
I was trying to locate what is the Russian equivalent of the Brimstone that can be fired from helicopters or even fighter jets.
I would have said Hermes, but this new EO guided missile seems fairly similar.... though there wont be TORs or Pantsirs to shoot it down and I am not sure western APSs would be effective against it either.
People were even suggesting something similar was happening with the Union Soyuz with it's appearance of holes.
The west will break anything it does not control... if it can.