I trust everyone had a fine weekend? It’s hotter than Finola Hughes’ tush here today, and I’m melting like a pat of butter in a frying pan.
Sea Sparrow has gone from being a cobbled together system of last ditch defense against Russian Styx anti-ship missiles to a very capable “point” defense system with a range equal to earlier generations “area” air defense missiles. And Norway is experimenting with fielding a land based version.
Having a system like Sea Sparrow is handy given the proliferation of anti-ship missile systems, as demonstrated by this Syrian live-fire exercise:
If you don’t think that’s a message to NATO navies (and Israel) to steer clear of the Syrian coast, you’re willfully blind.
We started a draft yesterday on the MALD, Miniature Air Launched Decoy, and will probably get around to discussing the use of decoys in the aerial strike warfare, but in the meantime, here’s a video.
Unlike previous decoy systems, MALD has a long enough range to be launched outside the surveillance zone of an enemy, so instead of having to be launched by strike aircraft, it can be launched by C-130s using the system shown in the video. That frees up pylons on the strike birds for weapons or fuel. And nicely displays the versatility of the C-130 as well.
I think the heat just popped a fuse in my brain housing group, and I can’t really think of anything else to post right now. What do YOU want to talk about?