- May 18, 2019
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Coyote Block 2
Power supply by micro turbine?
That's what I'd think. Or just screw a new closure on the front end. (I think Aerotech's are threaded vs snap rings.)
Up to helicopters, per the vid. It is also a lot faster than Block 1.Wait, that's an interceptor? What for? Seems unnecessarily complex. (And slow.)
The Coyote Block 2 specifically features improved sensors and rocket motors to significantly increase maneuverability. Propulsion relies on one jet engine, deeply improving speed and loiter time to engage larger and further targets. The Block 2 variant will feature a maximum speed of 200 knots (370 km/h), compared to 70 knots (130 km/h) for the Block 1 variant, and an operational range of 10 to 15 km.
The threat now is single UAS. So a single interceptor works fine. And you'll find the issue with counter-battery is it normally depends on the other side launching first, to enable counter-battery radars etc to backtrack to the launch-site. This is why shoot and scoot is the preferred tactic.An over engineered likely limited performance ie few intercepts while facing a swarm, money grab. This is like using a Hellfire to down a commerical drone. How about artillery shot to kill the swarm at its launch site?
The physical cost of an asset has never determined its value. It's what it allows you to do, or denies the enemy the ability to do.Interceptors which cost more than the commericial drone.
Thank you for the clarification TomS
WWI manned aircraft have better sensors, against slower and order of magnitude larger air vehicles. In WWI, ground attack was also limited in effectiveness. As manned aircraft speeds increase, sensors have been improved to enable interception. As ground attack capability increases, anti-aircraft weapons have also increased in applicable range.One could imagine entering a WWI manned aircraft like paradigm for UAS. Swarming semi-attritble armed UAS are the best answer against swarming semi-attritble armed UAS and like WWI missions like ISR, grd atk (especailly against swarm launch sites) and yes air superiority will creep into each UAS's required mission set.
Orbital ATK's teaming with of the M230 30mm cannon with Blighter AUDS radar, E/O and RF interruptor is a decent set up. Combine a mixture of Raytheon's system with Coyote, M230, Blighter AUDS AND Stinger and you'd have a very decent small anti-air platform. Would like to see more passive sensors like a modern Ferranti ADADs though. The radars could end up attracting swarms...That is a threat set that probably will be best countered by EW and HPM based solutions along with just more mobility and hardened defenses.
I thought that thing got cancelled. (2.75" LG rocket.)
The original APKWS was cancelled, but 70mm APKWS II is fielded and operational in fairly large numbers (tens of thousands of rounds procured).I thought that thing got cancelled. (2.75" LG rocket.)
There was a laser-guided Zuni (5" rocket) as well but no idea if it ever went into production.
APKWS is always laser, AFAIK. But I'm not sure it's actually viable for the same sorts of targets as Coyote. They may be too small for it.But it is still laser guided even for this application?