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    Post  GarryB Sun May 03, 2020 12:37 pm

    You can see from the hatches of the Rif system the spacing... from top to bottom the rotary launcher is above the line of the top row of hatches and also above the second row of hatches creating the space between the top two rows, and then the bottom row of launch hatches has the rotary launchers below the line of the hatches.

    That means if you rip that all out the entire front internal space could carry rather more than 96 missiles because with all those rotary launchers there is a lot of empty unused and unusable space. A VLS like UKSK-M filled with SAMs could carry an enormous number of actual missiles in that volume of space... but they are clearly not ready yet.

    Well can pine on about how many extra missiles we can squeeze in, but the honest truth is that it is about quality as well as quantity.... and 80 Zircons, or 40 Zircons and 20 anti sub missiles and 20 land attack Kalibres will be plenty for most missions... would be nice to see them take off those 130mm guns and put on a single 152mm twin barrel gun mount.... Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
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    Post  Hole Sun May 03, 2020 12:57 pm

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    S-300F from "down under".
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    Post  hoom Sat Jul 11, 2020 1:59 pm

    PtG has been doing live-fire exercises

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    Granit launch

    Granit is freaking massive
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    Ak-130 practice


    According to Bastion Karpenko also shot down 8 target drones: 4 with the AK-130 & AK-630s, another 4 with the Kashtans.

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    Post  Sujoy Sat Jul 11, 2020 2:42 pm

    Detailed shots of the launch of the SS-N-19 Shipwreck cruise missile.

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    Post  Tsavo Lion Sun Jul 12, 2020 6:38 pm

    Adm. Nakhimov CGN update: https://ria.ru/20200711/1574170539.html

    I wonder if Peter will be modernized the same way to carry all those armaments.
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    Post  Cyberspec Mon Jul 13, 2020 2:06 am

    Tsavo Lion wrote:I wonder if Peter will be modernized the same way to carry all those armaments.

    That's the plan AFAIK
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    Post  GarryB Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:10 am


    I wonder if Peter will be modernized the same way to carry all those armaments.

    Will likely depend on how this one works out... they might decide it is a success and a cheap way to get a useful large ship into operation, or they might end up thinking it is a waste and new ships are what they need...

    I would think this will be a useful ship upgrade and replacing most of the old stuff with new stuff should make it more flexible and capable without costing too much.

    Even if it is terrible and they decide it has been ruined with the upgrade, brand new cruisers wont be laid down till after 2025 at the very earliest and wont hit the water till at the very earliest 2032, so the two Kirov class ships and the four odd Slava class ships will have to be good enough for at least 10-15 years as the centres of surface action groups... and they should be fine... Russia might want to visit places but I don't see them trying to land armour up the Thames river any time soon...
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    Post  chinggis Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:14 pm

    hoom wrote:PtG has been doing live-fire exercises

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    Granit launch

    Granit is freaking massive
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    According to Bastion Karpenko also shot down 8 target drones: 4 with the AK-130 & AK-630s, another 4 with the Kashtans.

    Interesting pictures of launch, it seems Granit is oriented almost immediately after is left launch tube. This is different than S300 launch. Is is cold launch or hot launch?
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    Post  Isos Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:40 pm

    Granit isn't launched vertically. The container is angled and it pops-up at an angle and goes straight toward the target.

    That's a hot launch. This massive missile couldn't be ejected by gaz.
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    Post  Big_Gazza Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:19 am

    Isos wrote:That's a hot launch. This massive missile couldn't be ejected by gaz.

    It could be, but the black-powder gas generators would be excessively large for a bank of 20 missiles. Consider the RS-36 Voevoda (SS-18 Satan) or its space-launcher conversion Dnepr... It's a thing of beauty!! Very Happy

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    Post  Isos Tue Jul 14, 2020 9:00 am

    Is it a cold launch ? That looks like a booster is used and main engine start after exiting the silo. You can see flames before the engine start so it's a hot launch.

    Cold launch is supposed to to eject the missile with gas and there should be no flames.

    The drawback of cold launch is if it fails you end up with an armed missile on you ship that can blow up at any time. Hot launch will send it away from the ship. I wouldn't like to have a granit falling backward on my ship.
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    Post  Big_Gazza Tue Jul 14, 2020 9:57 am

    Isos wrote:Is it a cold launch ? That looks like a booster is used and main engine start after exiting the silo. You can see flames before the engine start so it's a hot launch.

    Cold launch is supposed to to eject the missile with gas and there should be no flames.

    The drawback of cold launch is if it fails you end up with an armed missile on you ship that can blow up at any time. Hot launch will send it away from the ship. I wouldn't like to have a granit falling backward on my ship.

    Yes, the RS-36M/Dnepr is a cold launch.  AFAIK the choice of cold launch was intended to minimise any damage to the silo so that it could be reloaded after firing. IMHO I doubt that it would be practical to reload a silo after a full blooded nuclear exchange, but that was the general idea of the time.

    Note that "cold" launch is a relative term.  The launch gas is generated from a slow burning pyrotechnic charge (essentially a large quantity of black powder).  Yes, there are flames, but the burn temperature is much lower than you'd get from a rocket engine ignition and the acoustic shock is much lower.
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    Post  GarryB Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:08 pm

    It is a combined rocket ramjet powered missile... as you can see the nose mounted fairing is ejected immediately, but the solid rocket motor would burn for a bit longer than that... essentially when the solid rocket motor has burned out the empty space left behind becomes the air flow tube for the ramjet, so air from the nose mounted intake will flow through the weapon with the tube getting narrower to compress the air and then fuel is added and ignited... no propeller shafts or turbine blades... essentially an air breathing rocket motor.

    Onyx does the same but is of a much more modern design and is closer to 3 tons that the 7.5 tons this missile weighs.

    Zircon has a much more sophisticated fuel burning mechanism that allows the fuel to be burned at supersonic speed so the air intake does not need to narrow at high speed to reduce the amount of air going in to the engine to slow it to subsonic speeds for combustion... which means vastly more thrust at high speeds.
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    Post  mnztr Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:15 pm

    I guess with AN in drydock and all the Oscars being upgraded to UKSK missiles they have a pretty large stock of Granit missiles to blast away in life fire exercises. This will demostrate that these big boys work and so the new ones area also for real. I would love to see them launch a swarm of 4 missiles to test. That would be super cool.
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    Post  SeigSoloyvov Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:10 pm

    mnztr wrote:I guess with AN in drydock and all the Oscars being upgraded to UKSK missiles they have a pretty large stock of Granit missiles to blast away in life fire exercises. This will demostrate that these big boys work and so the new ones area also for real. I would love to see them launch a swarm of 4 missiles to test. That would be super cool.


    Not all the Oscars just four and maybe up to six. Right now they have eight Oscars in total.
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    Post  mnztr Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:26 pm

    SeigSoloyvov wrote:
    mnztr wrote:I guess with AN in drydock and all the Oscars being upgraded to UKSK missiles they have a pretty large stock of Granit missiles to blast away in life fire exercises. This will demostrate that these big boys work and so the new ones area also for real. I would love to see them launch a swarm of 4 missiles to test. That would be super cool.


    Not all the Oscars just four and maybe up to six. Right now they have eight Oscars in total.

    That is still a pretty huge surplus of Granit missiles 24 for each oscar and 20 from the Admiral N.
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    Post  GarryB Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:08 am

    They have been out of production for quite some time, which I suspect is a partial driver for upgrading them to take the newer smaller lighter faster longer ranged missiles...

    The Vulcans the Slava class ships carry continued production longer than the Granit AFAIK, which are rather similar, so they likely have a few of both, but I suspect they will be using them up in exercises and for testing air defence systems on land and at sea...
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    Post  GarryB Tue Jan 19, 2021 2:15 am

    Just rereading this thread I noticed the discussion about hot launch and cold launch.

    To be clear they are not literal a cold launch can involve flames.

    Cold launch means the missile or weapon being launched is ejected without firing its main propulsion or engine yet, so S-300 missiles and TOR missiles get thrown up into the air before they light up their rocket motors and accelerate away and are cold launch. Pantsir on the other hand is hot launch as its main solid rocket booster is ignited to launch the missile out of the tube towards the target.

    However sometimes the charge or propulsion system used to eject the weapon and throw it clear of the launcher uses an explosive charge that creates fire and smoke and looks hot... the defining feature is usually to check the end of the missile as it leaves the tube... if it is burning then it is a hot launch, if it is not then it is a cold launch.

    Several cases of missiles using cold launch with failures have been filmed... and I have seen at least one video of an S-300 missile being launched into the air by the cold launch system and the S-300s rocket motor failing to fire so it just falls back down onto the launcher. It did not explode or burn BTW.

    I have seen a Pantsir missile explode violently just after launch... it was 10-20m away from the launch tube and the solid rocket booster exploded spectacularly... it was quite a sight...

    The point is that cold launch reduces the damage done to the launch tube and reduces the chance of the weapon exploding inside the launch tube or inside the ship... which is a good thing.

    Often rocket motors that explode will explode on startup or near to start up... a hot launched S-300 that fails and perhaps explodes on launching would detonate like a bomb inside a ship... a cold launched missile that falls back on the deck is much less of a danger... the hatches will protect the other missiles and on deck fire suppression systems should minimise any damage.

    They did have a serious fire incident with an SS-N-20 SLBM which was dropped while loading... it broke open and the solid rocket fuel ignited on contact with the sea water. The rubber coating of the sub was badly damaged and that sub was known as red october after the incident.

    Liquid fuels and solid fuels are very volatile, though liquid fuels get the bad rap most of the time... but while accidents can happen at any time being able to load an empty missile into a silo and then fill it with fuel in place makes things easier and safer, though most liquid fuelled missiles use storable liquid propellent that remains in the missile all the time.
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    Post  Big_Gazza Tue Jan 19, 2021 4:52 am

    The ultimate cold launch is the SS-18/RS-36M missile or its space launcher variant Dnepr. It's propelled out of its launch tube with a large black poweder charge, so it may look hot due to the inevitable flame effects, but it is several orders of magnitude less damaging than using the main engines (as the SS-19 does).

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    Post  Isos Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:50 am

    With the cold launch you are not sure that the main engine will start. Even 2 second late the missile will start falling and turn on itself and probably go in the wrong direction when the engine starts leading to hit the ground.

    With hot launch you can test the engine and start the launch. If it fails you just stop it.

    Missiles have now in-build test equipepent but with the cold launch you have to have your main engine working as expected or you loose it.

    In hot launch you can save the missile if the engine doesn't work but you probably have a shorter service life for your launcher.
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    Post  GarryB Wed Jan 20, 2021 3:03 am

    With the cold launch you are not sure that the main engine will start.

    Not true.

    Generally you test the missiles electronics, batteries and systems before you cold launch it... if there is a fault that might prevent the main engine from firing it will be detected and the launch process wont start.

    One risk of engine start is catastrophic failure and main engine detonation... with a hot launch that happens inside the launch container inside the ship which results in a serious explosion and damage and fire. A main engine failure on cold launch results in a large explosion above the launcher where the material spreads over a wide area and is much less damaging to the vessel itself... or in the case of an S-300 failure the missile will just fall back down to the deck.

    Even 2 second late the missile will start falling and turn on itself and probably go in the wrong direction when the engine starts leading to hit the ground.

    Have never seen that happen.

    With hot launch you can test the engine and start the launch. If it fails you just stop it.

    With a hot launch if it fails it wont launch, or it explodes in the tube... with solid propellent rockets you can't stop it once it is started.

    One of the problems with the huge solid rocket boosters on the US Space Shuttle is once they are running you can't shut them down.

    Missiles have now in-build test equipepent but with the cold launch you have to have your main engine working as expected or you loose it.

    In hot launch you can save the missile if the engine doesn't work but you probably have a shorter service life for your launcher.

    Cold or hot launch failures you dispose of the missile... you don't pick it up and put it back in the bottle and light the fuse again.
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    Post  Isos Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:07 am

    Not true.

    Generally you test the missiles electronics, batteries and systems before you cold launch it... if there is a fault that might prevent the main engine from firing it will be detected and the launch process wont start.

    Yes but the test won't tell you at 100% that the engine will start.

    In hot launch if the tests show a mistake then you just don't launch it. If it has an issue the rocket booster will sebd the missile in the sky anyway.

    Explosion is a catastrophic failure. You can't do anything.

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    Post  GarryB Sun Jan 31, 2021 5:16 am

    Explosion is a catastrophic failure. You can't do anything.

    I have seen video of two failed S-300 launches... this one and another one where the missile did not explode and burn.

    At the end of the day shit happens and these things are all effectively bombs... ships have fire suppression systems and for land based launchers there is no one in the vehicle cabin for a reason...

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