GarryB wrote:I have seen a small trailer mount that had a small cabin and a single twin barrel 2A38M 30mm cannon as fitted to the Tunguska (Tunguska has two of course), that had an optical ball turret and no radar, but it did have a quad launcher for SOSNA-R missiles.
The advantage would be light weight and low costs...
2,000-2,500 rpm is pretty good in terms of shooting things down and the small relatively light SOSNA missiles are light and cheap and very high speed out to about 10km range so they are much better than MANPADS.
Another advantage is that they don't have an optical port that looks at the target... so the AH-64 with its flashy DIRCMS system will find no amount of dazzle directed at the incoming missile will have any effect... at the 8 or so seconds from launch to impact will reduce its ability to "dodge" the incoming threat...
It was in trailer form but there is no reason by it could not be mounted on a small vehicle like a Tigr or similar.
If you were prepared to spend money you could use airburst 30mm cannon shells too making it effective against small UAVs too.
Sounds good pity we haven't seen more of it. Of course the beauty of such a system is the fact it can be tailored to customers need. So Sonsa or verba or even SA-24 could be used with 30mm or 57mm. This system would still offer the ground support role if really needed. The reason why I think such a system has potential is that some countries who maybe can't afford more advanced systems or face a lower threat from the air this system would become affordable also the purchasing country may have surplus vehicles that it could be mounted on such as mt-lb or BTR -60 or bmp-1 this would reduce the need for a different chassis to what they already stock. I am actually surprised Sonsa hasn't been marketed more or maybe there waiting to offer it along with the 57mm system also I wonder if the reason why we haven't seen anything more on the subject is that maybe there waiting for the 57mm system to be ready then they will implement a 57mm version on trailer configuration.
On the subject of export sales I kinda feel that Russia is missing many opportunities in many areas of defence and potential countries. Obviously more money is to be had selling new weapons etc but the market of selling second hand upgraded systems or selling upgrades to countries which cannot buy new expensive systems this market I feel Russia could do better on as well as the market for new but less sophisticated systems such as mig-29M, combat yak-130, T-72BM-3 etc. The strategy here is not necessarily to make big money from the deals (although profit will be made) but rather to gain a new or keep a current customer and deny other companies/countries winning the deal. But this also guarantees maintenance and parts contracts which help Russian companies for many years and help companies going through quiet times as well keep people in jobs. It would be interesting to see annual sales figures for such contracts because I actually think that the list would be quite long if you consider how many soviet and Russian systems still in use and then you have the ammo contracts. Of course some countries also sell soviet parts and ammo such as Ukraine Belarus Bulgaria etc which will likely gain some sales share. Although I am not sure what quality is like from those countries and I would imagine that parts are likely from cannibalised equipment. The beauty about upgrades etc is that Russia doesn't have a problem making upgrades and doing them fairly quickly thus eliminating customer waiting time and costs for Russian companies in lengthy testing and research.