It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Originally posted by Daedalus3
I have a question:
What exactly do you mean by 'long combat endurance' in this case?
Also how exactly will the Shkval be launched from this erkanoplane?
Shkvals cavitate even when launch from above the water?
Combat endurance, CAP 150 nm
from aircraft carrier
SHKVAL (VA-110) MISSILE
Length 26 ft 11 in (8,200 mm)
Diameter 1 ft 9 in ( 533 mm)
Weight 5,953 lb (2,700 kg)
significantly less advanced higher metallic content than the original is a threat
The apparent success of these machines hid some very real problems, not least of which were serious stability and control deficiencies, as well as tremendous power requirements to get off the water. Under low flying conditions radar sensors measuring altitude, tilt and velocity of craft trace the variable profile of wave disturbance practically without averaging, thus making it difficult to gauge the motion parameters in relation to the undisturbed level of the sea surface. It is necessary to combine radar with other sensors in order to provide high accuracy. It has a massive turning circle, and is fairly slow to accelerate. Its poor manoeuverability means it cannot turn and run from a fight, and so is a fairly easy target if caught in a confined space, or if surrounded and pushed against the shoreline.
In 1989, after the tragic accident on nuclear submarine "Komsomolets" where 42 mariners died, the decision was made to re-equipment the second "Lun", being at that time under construction, into a search-and-rescue maritime ekranoplane "Spasatel". The second copy of "Lun" had 6 engines, instead of 8. A considerable part of the work had already been accomplished by the time of the breakup of the Soviet Union, followin which there was a drastic reduction of the budget of the Russian Navy.
However, the changing political tide and struggling economy in the Soviet Union caused the Ekranoplan concept to fall out of favor, and a second Lun was never completed. The Alexeiev Design Bureau remains in operation and continues to propose new designs for civilian use, but the market has not yet developed.
will use less fuel and further increase already incredible range advantages offered by WIG.
It may have overcome stability problems, but those weren't the only problems mentioned. They still had giant turn radius problems, were slower than a plane, etc.
One of the major issues that STILL exists for a WIG, especially larger ones is the fact that the wake is so bad from them that a SUBMARINE can track them on sonar.
Originally posted by Mehran
the boat is capable of carrying its missile like the F-22 raptor does and poses a big thread especially with all the anti ship missiles we have and our missile Hoot ( VA-111 shkval)
Originally posted by proprog
here I have a few close up pictures of the Iranian WIG craft:
My 2 cents: It borrows some stealth features of M-ATF fighter design, like larger wings, etc.
And here is the much-wanted video clip, check it out:
KEEP IT REAL