Yeah I think mass production of Grom would be more than warranted. That would enable the Su-34 to strike targets outside the range of MANPADS and the Buk and Osa systems Ukraine has and be much cheaper than the Kh-59 they do have. They should just produce the solid rocket glide version of it.
The rocket powered model has a range of between 10km and 120km with a 320kg warhead... an all up weight of just under 600kgs so even an Su-25 should be able to carry them... what is interesting is that it can be used at targets at an angle of up to 180 (+-) degrees away from the point of release... so it can be used against targets behind the launch aircraft.
The unpowered version has a range up to 50km, the same all up weight of just under 600kgs, but it has an additional 130kgs warhead together with the 320kg original warhead making it a 450kg warhead, which is pretty decent.
50km is a decent standoff range and the extra payload weight would have better effect on target too.
Anything with a turbojet will be more expensive and harder to handle since you need to load fuel into the missile.
How many solid rocket propelled aircraft or cars or trucks or trains are there?
Internal combustion engines are generally more efficient because its fuel is just fuel... whereas a solid rocket motors fuel needs a large oxygen component to be included which massively increases the volume and weight of its "fuel".
I agree the rocket motor makes sense on this weapon, but for long range weapons with long endurance a turbojet or scramjet makes sense too.
In addition putting MAWS into the Su-34, like already available on Su-35, would reduce losses to IR guided MANPADS.
Why do you think the Su-34 does not have MAWS?
If Russia wants help from China they should just ask for satellite intelligence on Ukraine and NATO supplies to them. That would have minimum chance for blowback and the Chinese have way more reconnaissance satellites than Russia at this moment after 8 years of Western sanctions on satellite components.
If Russia lacks satellites then the solution is to build and launch some...
You need some physics classes.
Everybody does... it is a complex area.
Rockets, artillery and mortar shells don't have wings. They also rotate on themselves in order to decrease winds effects on them.
Fantastic analysis... perhaps you can break it to Russian troops using old model RPG-7 rockets whose tail fins caught in cross winds required aiming compensation into the crosswind...
On an RPG-7 rocket the tail fins flip open and are thin but rather long... the rocket exhaust on an RPG-7 rocket is just behind the warhead and well ahead of the fins that give it a slow roll to stabilise it in flight, so a cross wind pushes the tail obviously in the direction of the wind, which turns the nose in to the wind and the rocket motor propels it forward as it turns into the wind so a wind blowing from left to right you don't aim down wind to compensate for the wind you aim the same distance up wind to get a hit... isn't physics fun?
Hot air balloons don't have wings either are they not effected by the wind?
Wings are about lift to keep something in the air... with a gyro that keeps the bomb straight and level a crosswind is not going to blow the aircraft off course by an enormous amount... and cross winds can be compensated for too... it is all part of the calculation... for long range ballistic missile and artillery shell flights you actually have to take into account the rate at which the earth spins... crosswinds are not that much of a big problem over shorter distances that the unguided models will be used for.
The further you fire them the less precisie they are which what I said for the gliding bombs. Actually it's worse for gliding bombs since they are made to be affected by air flow and wind.
And your mistake is to think glide bombs need to be precision weapons that take out tiny precise targets.
An Su-25 carrying 8 x 250kg bombs with glide kits would use them the same way it would use 80mm rockets in rocket pods... fly towards the location of the target and at the max glide range of the weapons pitch up and release at top speed... the natural dispersion of the bombs is like the natural dispersion of the 80mm rockets when they loft them.... it MAKES THEM MORE EFFECTIVE.
The last thing in the world they want is for all the gliding bombs to land the same distance apart that they were launched... 8 x 250kg bombs landing 10km away the distance apart that they are on the Su-25s wing would be a horrible waste of weapons... the shrapnel from bomb number one will kill everything that bomb number 8s shrapnel will kill.... you might as well just drop one bomb... or you could not waste your time making cheap simple weapons used against area targets super expensive and use them as intended... the enemy troops are moving forward at this coordinate... drop a spread of bombs over this area to make it hard for them... crosswinds will effect all the bombs so the impact area wont get that much bigger, but the cluster of bomb impacts will be shifted by any crosswind...
No you can't. Get in a plane, don't turn on the autopilot, don't touch the joystick and you will see if it flies straight.
A hint: it won't fly straight. Same for gliding bombs or anything that has wings.
An autopilot is not smart... it just uses autogyros to fly level and straight on a specific heading... even the cheapest dumbest most crap 200 dollar drones have better than that these days.
In fact that is essentially what NLAW has...
Except a Russian equivalent would not cost 20K pounds like those pieces of crap do.
It needs some sort of guidance system. The cheaper the better.
It is a dumb bomb, it doesn't need any guidance except decent delivery guidance.
Gliding bombs and gliding package for old bombs are supposed to do what an expensive missile would do. Not as good but not bad too.
Guided gliding bomb packages make the old cheap bombs more expensive than actual guided missiles, and are redundant most of the time.
If you can give it a 10-20 CEP then it will destroy the target. Bombs of 250-1000kg have enough power to transform any target into dust at such ranges.
If you are using a guided weapon of 1,000kgs then it is a very hard target.... a glide bomb would make sense to use first to take down enemy air defences where the enemy has very strong air defences... most of the time anti radiation missiles would make rather more sense... TOR can easily shoot down gliding bombs as easily as it can shoot down high speed anti radiation missiles.
Russian use of glide bombs would be like their use of rockets where they loft them at targets... hitting point targets makes more sense to use cheap drones or artillery.
If you wabt better precision use a missile.
Most of the most expensive Russian weapons are cheaper than the cheapest western weapons... what makes sense for the west does not always make sense for Russia.