Cyberspec wrote:Luq man wrote:Guided glide bomb with range up to 120km tested onboard Su-34
Tests have been reportedly completed for the GROM-E1 (missile) and GROM-E2 (Glide Bomb)....they can be carried internally by the Su-57
This news can be misleading : it refere to the completion of test of the the exportable version (Гром-Э1 and Гром-Э2) of domestic models of the new line of internal-bay-compatible planning bombs, moreover the unit of measure for delivery speed for the weapon is obviously wronged , it should read 140-445 m/s not km/h
As explained in the past the main concept behind this new line is to create a mass produceable relatively-low cost planning bomb/missile to be carried in internal bay of aircraft and UCAV with a very high destructive power (warhead weight from 315 kg -120 km propelled version - to 480 kg - 65 km from high altitude pure planning bomb version -) to be employed against enemy targets with known location ; this respond to mainly to two test-based observations :
1) In not ГЛОНАСС/GPS and or IR/optically degraded environment the weapon should be capable to reliably destroy a building of reinforced concrete of middle size (not containing an high-degree of easily detonable or incendiary material) with a single ammunition.
For this same mission the main strike platform amomg western Air Forces for the three decades, the F-35A should employ at least 5-6 GBU-39s, on the 8 maximum of its internal bays, with combined penetration/explosive warhead of 16 Kgs of explosive (as proved by similar attacks in Syria by part of IAF), or two AGM-154 JSOWs with a warhead in the 200 kg ballpark.
2) In ГЛОНАСС/GPS and or IR/optically degraded environment (a situation that competitors military forces, in a limited conflict, would face much more likely than domestic ones) the primary damaging area of blast should assure the destruction or effective incapacitation of the targeted reinforced concrete structure previously mentioned with 2 munitions.
Here the computations go furtherly bad for the opponent platform, employing GBU-39s in a similar environment would require the entire internal capacity of a squad of 4 or 5 F-35As (therefore this weapon will be almost certainly not be almost certainly employed in a similar environment) while 3 or 4 AGM-154 should be used (therefore at least 2 F-35As).
The employement of this class of weapons will mostly capitalize on the much greater internal bay and combat radius of the multirole platform Су-57 ,allowing a single Су-57 to execute the same mission that would require from 2 to 4 F-35A/C and also with a greater chance of success in a homing-degraded environment.
Naturallly this not only ease significantly the logistic and even more material cost burden , but also shorten enormously the time of execution cycle of those missions - also taking into account the graeter cruise speed of Су-57 in comparison with the F-35- allowing the progressive degradation of enemy military capabilities to proceed at a much higher pace.