Very interesting about the Molniya:Source: jet drones working in a flock are being created for the VKS
MOSCOW, 1 Mar-RIA Novosti. The multi-purpose unmanned complex "Molniya", whose jet vehicles will be launched by a swarm from a carrier aircraft, is being developed in the interests of:Air and space forces Russia, a source in the military-industrial complex told RIA Novosti.
"Company "Kronshtadthas initiatively prepared a draft design of the Molniya multi-purpose unmanned group-use complex. Drones of this system will be launched in a flock from a carrier aircraft, for example, to break through enemy air defenses or conduct group electronic warfare together with manned aircraft. It is also planned to use the devices of the complex as separate high-precision guided ammunition or target designator scouts, " the source said.
Development work on the project should begin in the near future, the source said.
The basis of the complex will be small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) made in the form factor of a cruise missile-with an elongated fuselage, a jet engine and a folding wing. "The devices can be used from various carriers - combat and military transport aircraft of the aerospace forces, from external and internal suspensions, including from cargo bays. The su-57,in particular, will be able to carry up to eight such vehicles in the fuselage compartments. They can also be carried by a Hunter drone, " he explained.
According to the source, the Kronstadt company has determined the preliminary tactical and technical characteristics of the Molniya complex vehicles, " however, they can be adjusted within the framework of the ROC." "So far, it is planned that one device of the system will have a length of 1.5 meters and a wing span of up to 1.2 meters. The speed of the vehicle equipped with a turbojet engine is stated at 600-700 kilometers per hour, the estimated mass of the warhead or payload is about five to seven kilograms. The range of the drone will be several hundred kilometers, " he said.
The drones will use stealth technologies that reduce their radar and thermal visibility, including a special coating, a flat nozzle and an air intake located on the upper part of the fuselage.
The company "Kronshtadt" did not comment on the information provided by the source to RIA Novosti.
A mock-up of the device from the Molniya complex was demonstrated last Friday during a visit by the Minister of defenseSergei Shoigu plant of the company "Kronstadt".
Our answer to the Gremlins"
Denis Fedutinov, a leading Russian expert in the field of unmanned aircraft, told RIA Novosti that the Molniya system, which is focused on the concept of swarming, is in some way a Russian response to the American Gremlins program.
"This concept implies the simultaneous use of a group consisting of many unmanned vehicles with different target loads on Board – reconnaissance, shock, electronic warfare, etc. - each of which solves its own part of the overall task," the expert noted.
He explained that the greatest effectiveness of the actions of such a group will be provided by interaction between the drones that are part of it with automatic distribution of tasks in a rapidly changing environment, including reconfiguration when the composition changes due to the addition or removal of individual vehicles.
A radical increase in the number of UAVs in the group will allow, for example, to effectively combat enemy air defense systems by saturating the airspace with so many targets that exceed the capabilities of a one-time fight against them. "This, in turn, will save more valuable assets, such as manned aircraft, as well as advanced and expensive UAVs for other tasks," the expert believes.
In addition, the expert noted, the use of a swarm can become a cheap way to successfully perform many types of combat missions, including suppressing enemy artillery, counterterrorism operations, and so on. The viability of such an approach, according to Fedutinov, can be ensured by reducing the cost of individual UAVs that make up the group, which will make it possible to produce UAVs in thousands of units as expendable assets without too much burden of costs.
If the ukies think UAVs are going to be the solution to their problems, they are going to love Molniya