Good Morning

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.

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Land Launch of RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile
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Lots of shooty and a little splodey.

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Having a system like Sea Sparrow is handy given the proliferation of anti-ship missile systems, as demonstrated by this Syrian live-fire exercise:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

3 thoughts on “Good Morning”

  1. “And Norway is experimenting with fielding a land based version. ”

    The evolution turns full circle now. Back in the early 1960s, a joint project evaluated several options to solve the Army’s SHORAD, Navy’s point defense, and Air Force base defense requirements. As with many joint projects, all soon parted insisting there were no common requirements. The Army briefly tested a RIM-7 system, but considered it in the class of the HAWK system due to weight. Instead the Army opted for the MIM-72 Chaparral (oh and that Vulcan thingy). The Navy, on the other hand, felt the RIM-7 was just the thing for shipboard use, ditched the Sea Chaparral and evolved that Vulcan thingy under a new name. And the Air Force decided that supersonic fighter jets could defend airbases (what else?).

    Somewhere in my files I have photos of the test rigs used for the Army’s RIM-7 tests. Olive drab and all.

  2. Have they outlawed Air Conditioning in La LA land now? Or is the heat just a convenient excuse for not keeping us properly entertained?

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