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Theater Guided Missile Carrier - (T-CVG)

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http://warontherocks.com/2016/05/militarizing-musk/

The Theater Guided Missile Carrier (T-CVG) concept envisions a warship optimized to arm, launch, retrieve, and reuse ten or more weaponized, payload-carrying versions of Falcon 9’s reusable first-stage boosters. Launched from the deck of a ship, a weaponized Falcon 9 first stage would accelerate its payload on a suborbital ballistic trajectory and maneuver the main body of the rocket back to the T-CVG after release, landing vertically for transport below deck to be readied for another strike mission.

Such a weapon could deliver a significant payload to the operationally significant 1,000 to 5,000-mile ranges required to avoid modern and projected A2/AD systems. Achieving such ranges with the first stage alone requires far less than the 16,000 mph required to reach orbit. According to the Falcon 9 Launch Vehicle Payload Users Guide, the 36’ by 15’ fairing used by full-up Falcon 9 two-stage rocket can place 13,000 pounds and 6000 cubic feet of volume to low-Earth orbit. This suggests that a modified Falcon 9 reusable first stage may be capable of payloads of over 18,000 pounds at 5,000 miles.
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Although SpaceX rockets are designed with commonality in mind, the large-capacity 17’ faring would have to be mated directly to the first stage itself (currently, it is attached to the second stage). Configured in this way, the 17’ fairing and PAF could accommodate as many as 12 Common Aero Vehicle (CAV)-sized submunitions (a capability explored by the Air Force a decade ago) within the roughly 36’ x 15’ capacity of the aero shell.

Each of these weaponized Falcon 9 first stages could carry a mix of munitions depending on the mission. For example, the booster could release 12 maneuvering CAVs to dispense traditional payloads near a target, such as three Joint Direct Attack Munitions or nine Small Diameter Bombs per CAV. Each CAV could also deploy more exotic smart submunitions or swarms of small expendable hunter-killer UAVs, perhaps based on the currently used Switchblade.
 

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Problem is they could just have a Russian/Chinese "fishing trawler" with a SAM system follow it everywhere it went. (That and, as cool as the concept sounds, it sounds like a massive pain in the a$$ with the fuel requirements.)
 

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sferrin said:
Problem is they could just have a Russian/Chinese "fishing trawler" with a SAM system follow it everywhere it went. (That and, as cool as the concept sounds, it sounds like a massive pain in the a$$ with the fuel requirements.)
I as well like the thinking behind the concept as members here know I've posted about putting 'big solid propellant missiles" on surface ships, although using AHW type system on a converted LHA. Something that can outrange the Chinese IRBMs.
 

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