"Adding airborne sensors to the mix extends the range you can see them coming, but until now, those sensors have been extremely vulnerable. One of the
biggest ship defense missions the F-35 will undertake is to tie into the AEGIS command net and act as an airborne radar. They'll have the ability to
guide ship based weapons into incoming targets, and will be far less vulnerable than any previous carrier based platform in history. "
We have intercepted coyote missiles that are supposedly based off the brahmos and klub missiles. The host radars on the SM-6 are able to track targets
as well. So for example if one of these 300km missiles get within 200kms the SM-6 would be at 100kms. By the time one of the missiles start to descend
or travel below the radar horizon to avoid getting tracked by the ship the SM-6 on its way can track the target itself. However the problem is
missiles like kalibr based on their altitude flight ceiling and supposedly better long range low altitude cruise profile traveling at 1km/s this is
estimated to get tracked a little over 30kms barely with enough of a reaction time which might force the usage of CIWS or lasers.
Although the F-35 can raise the altitude profile, sorry for my lack of understanding of this but how often do F-35s or aircrafts go on a flight to
scout? is it like 24/7 coverage or what? one aircraft is limited to a 120 degree radar beam leaving a 240 degree sector open at low altitudes.
I want to add some insight. The only thing that makes the kinzhal different from a weapon like silver sparrow is that it maneuvers throughout every
phase of its flight to throw off guidance systems. ballistic missiles like the silver sparrow only maneuver at the terminal phase.
The Zircon missiles adds 2 more additions that the kinzhal does not have besides maneuverability which is 1. This missile has a 30-40km flight ceiling
which limits radar tracking in comparison to ballistic missiles. 2.
The head of the rocket heats up, and a plasma cloud forms around. Missiles moving at such speeds are almost impossible to intercept: control systems
have too little time to make decisions, and interceptor missiles are not able to catch up with Zircon and can only be used in oncoming courses. A
plasma vortex, among other things, absorbs radio waves, and as a result, a rocket that has reached hypersound is covered, as it were, with an
invisibility cloak: radars stop seeing it.
For aircraft speeds which are much greater than the speed of sound, the aircraft is said to be
hypersonic. Typical speeds for hypersonic aircraft are greater than 3000 mph and Mach number
M greater than five, M > 5. We are going to define a high hypersonic regime at M > 10 to account for re-entry aerodynamics. The chief characteristic
of hypersonic aerodynamics is that the
temperature of the flow is so great that the chemistry of the diatomic molecules of the
air must be considered. At low hypersonic speeds, the molecular bonds vibrate, which changes the magnitude of the forces generated by the air on the
aircraft. At high hypersonic speeds, the molecules break apart producing an electrically charged plasma around the aircraft. Large variations in
air density and pressure occur because of shock waves, and expansions.
the magic of plasma reducing its RCS. Their plans of putting this on ships and subs suggest they have ideas of making it feasible to be used against
other naval assets from 1000kms away. Although aircrafts can help I am not sure that a an/apg-81 would offer the same tracking capabilities or power
in comparison to a an/spy radar for these kinds of targets.
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