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reply to post by Zaphod58
This new missile is a game-changer (with the usual 'assuming it works as advertised' caveat), but I'm not sure I buy the "it can't miss" part. Admittedly, I'm working from non-classified sources, but I was under the impression that evasive maneuvers against missiles weren't so much about exceeding the tracking rate of the seeker head as they were about forcing the missile to execute (or attempt to execute) maneuvers that it wasn't aerodynamically capable of performing. If that's the case, won't this new missile be vulnerable to similar tactics?
reply to post by Astr0
Add in the LPI of AESA, and you have a really frightening concept, where you have three K-77Ms flying along "talking" to each other, and no one sees them coming because of the radar. Even knowing what I know about our black projects, this missile scares the hell out of me.
reply to post by Wrabbit2000
The biggest part of the US inventory is non-stealthy aircraft like the F-15/F-16, and will be for a very long time at this rate. While the F-22 and F-35 will have a decent survival rate against these, just because of the detection ranges, the non-stealthy fleet is dead. It's just going to be a matter of if they can get their missiles off before they die or not, and if they can get them off in a high enough Pk for them to hit (BVR typically has a very low hit rate).
But yes, it is going to come down to having enough numbers to survive long enough to get into kill range before they get shot down. Until they can come up with a new EW platform and defenses for this, if a fight happens, it's going to be ugly, and not in our favor.