posted on Jul, 25 2005 @ 02:58 PM
'Ten Years Later...' And the Euros are copying our own Raptor Talon effort to take mechanical BPI above 60,000ft as a function of slinging 1,500lbs
worth of HARM+ASAS+LEAP.
As an alternative to the USN Upper Tier SM.IVa with it's own KKV interceptor.
Of course the notion of putting this _boost phase = antiballistic missile system_ on a Typhoon just goes to show how generally worthless the manned
'fighter' mission is on a "We'll do anything, better, no really!" basis of looking for any possible excuse to justify their existance to begin
1. The Flubber cannot penetrate _conventional_ air defenses to get BPI fallout on the bad guy's turf. And if the threat TBM is a fast-riser itself
(everything you see shown for ALI being just as easy to do on a bigger airframe) the BPI will never catch it before it goes exo and you have to start
talking about ABM treaties and hauling your own maneuver fuel.
2. The Flubber is not going to be staying on station for the 10-17hrs that would describe a useufl top cover mission /even outside/ threat airspace.
Because the poor lil' pilot might have to go urinate and his jet might be needed for another 'fighter' mission before then.
3. Nor is the Flubber-born missile going to have the kind of 'lateral' battlespace coverage (optics lockon and lowdrag acceleration _from above
60,000ft_) necessary to do cross track intercepts. Because the Flubber is a sub-45K weapons platform and hauling around four of those damn things
'plus tanks' would make it probably a sub 25K platform.
All of which imply that you are going to waste /even more/ sorties doing 'chance' (snowball in hell) intercept mission coverage across all possible
TEL axes instead of taking heavy A2G ordnance and a visual-recognition sanity check over enemy territory to beat them where they live.
'Man' is absolutely worthless over the battlefield because any crate he arrives in is instantaneously compromised for proper stealth.
Has no endurance and limited sensor presence (cheap enough to saturate optical fields of view) to find the very tactical/fleeting targets of which a
TEL is the highest grade of vegetable.
So 'Man', paid an average of 44,000 dollars a year even at the 0-1 level in our services, ends up doing the 'dull dirty' part of the _UAV_ mission
set, sitting /outside/ some border. Simply because his dated platform has external pylons and an afterburner sufficient to lug these monstrosities up
That being all that he and his overpriced dragster are worth.
What a funny.
I must say Euro-HALE seems a /somewhat/ more sensible approach, if only because it gives you the option to cluster the Area Wide missile launch
warning and boost phase (pseudolite) tracking plus comms relay capabilities in along with the shooter platform. Wish we were 'allowed' to do that
with the recce-only restricted configuration of the RQ-4.
But then the question must be asked:
1. Are you going to whore it for export? Or pay for it just for home use?
2. What does a Mach 12 to 400km weapon mean to all the C4ISR and Tanking platforms which cannot beat even a 10G weapon?
3. If you are worried about future Arab threats to Europe based on a 'guilt by caucasian capitalism' association with the Rogue U.S. Cowboy (which
is ludicrous given you have nukes too). What is the likelihood of this weapon functioning as a midcourse/terminal threat interceptor when the RV
speeds are themselves easily 4km/sec or better?
I mean, if I was a 'terrorist' who wanted to nuke Europe to 'punish' them for having sent colonists to North America 200-400 years ago, I would
first have to detemine how I was going to keep _NATO_ if not the Force de` Frappe from responding on an Arab target of like value. (Mecca, Medina,
Riyadh, Tehran, Tripoli). I mean after all, we can assume guilt by association too.
And then I would likely want to find a boat so I could bring it in by sneakiest-to-closest means possible.
But -assuming I did- send it on a missile with a return address readily visible to every DSP satellite in orbit. Are you telling me that you would
have Eurofighters or even armed UAVs flying 24:7 over densely populated Europe to keep it from happening?
Bwuahahahahahahah! Oh my sides!
No. If you want mechanical intercepts on a 'defensive' basis (ignoring the speed limits inherent to ABM Treaty) then you are faced with ever
growing crosstrack speed numbers (assuming single site location so that you don't have to invest in a defensive ATBM building effort like unto the
Maginot) to hit the RV at it's fastest trajectory point. Hit a Mach 15 object with at Mach 20-25 interceptor? Uhhhh Hunh. Riiiight.
All other conclusions simply point to the likelihood that this technology will either be stolen. Or sold. To someone who will _use it_ to create a
maneuvering TBM/IRBM warhead which better penetrates forward theater deployed military defenses.
Or which is used to mow down standoff/HAE ISR platforms so that we have to come in blind.
WHAT A REALLY GREAT IDEA!
To me it looks like a vainly envious day-late attempt to match our own high energy weaponized lasers with mechanical intercept systems which are
easier to build but more dangerous and ultimately _less useful_ to own.
Thus, whether the Eurofighter can carry it. Or if it is effective as a defensive tool. Or even simply meant as a means to make money off some
richer-than-brains Arab, Indian or Chinese. Is secondary to whether, having invented the Genie, you will like it when he pops the cork on that bottle
without your permission.
There being just way too much 'miniaturized RV' potential in avoiding the creating of 'old fashioned' ballistic technology.