Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
h a l f b a k e r y
Futility is persistent.

idea: add, search, annotate, link, view, overview, recent, by name, random

meta: news, help, about, links, report a problem

account: browse anonymously, or get an account and write.

user:
pass:
register,


             

Active defense resistant cluster missile

launch on primary vehicle damage
  (+2)
(+2)
  [vote for,
against]

Not just for ballistic missiles but you would definitely want a large missile body behind most versions of this weapon.

This missile would consist of a container for self- guided munitions. If damaged or when close enough to the target the warhead would break up and each individual missile would attack on its own. The Anti- Air/ Anti-Light-Vehicle version could use RPG's. The Anti-Ship version would use fewer, heavier missiles.

If struck by missile, shell, or laser the carrier missile would simply break up. Each internal missile would go active upon a signal or when it were no longer contained properly. It would provide too many targets for active defenses to cope.

This is not baked by MIRV because 1: it has nothing to do with re-entry and 2: the internal missiles would be capable of finding targets at any point of breakup. This is not baked by cluster munitions because the whole attack mechanism is different.

Up next: Active defense resistant cluster missile cluster missile

Voice, May 16 2014

Starstreak missile http://en.wikipedia.../Starstreak_missile
Pretty much the embodiment of your description, in service since 1997. [Custardguts, May 18 2014]

[link]






       See [linky].   

       Starstreak goes one better and disperses its submunitions before being hit. The original intent was to increase hit probability on airborne targets, by firing a cluster of anti-air projectiles (if 3 is a cluster...). Turns out a ~1kg dart with ~.5kg HE in it, equipped with an impact delayed fuse, travelling at 1250m/s does a reasonable job of zapping any land vehicle other than a main battle tank.   

       As a side note, I do believe that each submunition, being only 900g, and being laser guided, might be one, if not the, smallest guided munition in service ?
Custardguts, May 18 2014
  

       //might be one, if not the, smallest guided munition in service ?//   

       Mais non. The Épée comes in at under 500 grams.
MaxwellBuchanan, May 18 2014
  

       //Épée//   

       Not familiar with that? Unless you mean the foil, in which case, nice one, but not "guided" in the sense that I mean "guided" - ie semi-active.
Custardguts, May 18 2014
  

       Ah.
MaxwellBuchanan, May 18 2014
  

       Meh. The starstreak always struck me as a horribly inneficient design, something that sounds like something out of science fiction, but with little real-world utility. Certainly from a [mass/expense of infrastructure] : [munition delivered to target] ratio, it seems rediculously poor. That said, it's apparently got a great hit ratio, and is startlingly effective.   

       I think the poster is asking a lot from the self-guidance mechanisms to expect these submunitions to survive breakup of the missile proper, regain aerodynamic stability, re-aquire target, and maneuver thereto. This would be a near miraculous feat. As silly as it seems, I'd wager the starstreak approach of dispersing submunitions early is probably far more practical.   

       Then again, you could somehow convince the military-industrial complex to subvert it's own purpose, and design far more economical missiles, and then just shoot 3 or 4 for the price of 1 now. In terms of materials costs, required complexity VS crazy overcomplication, etc, it should be entirely possible to develop missiles that cost 10% as much as current ones, but perform at 90% capability.
Custardguts, May 18 2014
  
      
[annotate]
  


 

back: main index

business  computer  culture  fashion  food  halfbakery  home  other  product  public  science  sport  vehicle