Isos wrote:And you reload them in the air maybe ?
War in Syria is not an arcade videogame, probably you will spend hours and hours of flight to detect some movement and many times it will be nothing. These guys are not willing to be killed and are very aware they are under surveillance, so they will be extremely cautious.
Now there isn't that many targets out there.
Of course, that is what we say. The war had a hot phase where the VKS could really be used effectively but now is largely frozen and you need much more presence of lower capacity assets. You need means that allow for low budget constant monitoring and to produce constant attrition on the terrorists until they are defeated.
miketheterrible wrote:Relying on them is stupid. Using them isn't though and they make for easy recon and a quick strike when needed. But in the end, it isn't smart to rely on them.
It is not about decommissioning the Su-34 because you have the Orion, but using 45 t supersonic tactical bombers with 8 t payload to hunt for the odd bearded goatfucker in the desert is absurd. Those are designed to beat the shit out of NATO proper, not for COIN.
GarryB wrote:The fact of the matter is that these drones don't replace anything... because of the altitude they operate you could load them up with guided 20kg bombs that home in on laser target marking beams... the drone itself can mark its own targets... the point is that instead of dropping 250kg or 500kg bombs a drone is eyes in the sky all the tiime so it will likely see rather more targets and often being able to hit those targets fast is critical, but sometimes it isn't.
A 5kg or 10kg or 20kg bomb could be carried for use if needed urgently but if not urgent then other platforms could be called in to engage.
For instance a drone detects a huge group of ISIS approaching a Russian or Syrian base... well keep watching them with the drone, warn the base and launch attack helicopters and Su-25s with lots of rocket pods, and get the local artillery ready to hammer them and watch the results with the drone that spotted it in the first place.
Conversely the drone might spot an enemy mortar or rocket launcher being set up... drop a small bomb on them and kill the crew and set off the ammo truck and send troops to recover the weapon so they can't use it again.
Exactly, they are a new tool, much better adapted to the task at hand. Russia can keep operating them forever without wasting the resource of valuable tactical bombers, for ridiculously low money and covering the theater permanently.
As to the weapons, they could use also those new laser guided rockets. Highly scattered light infantry needs precision rather than big warheads.