US Navy orders more Coyote supersonic targets from Northrop Grumman

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US Navy orders more Coyote supersonic targets from Northrop Grumman

By Defense Brief Editorial - May 14, 2021

The US Navy has ordered another 18 GQM-163A “Coyote” supersonic sea-skimming target vehicles as it prepares to introduce the targets to the international maneuver Formidable Shield for the first time.

Northrop Grumman, the maker of non-recoverable target missiles, said the contract modification represented the first of three options that can be exercised against the full-rate production contract awarded last year.

The $55.4 million award brings the GQM-163A targets ordered to date to 218.

 

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It's occurred to me that if GQM-163 was fitted with a Mk-72 booster (Enabling it to be launched from the Mk-41 VLS) along with a warhead and suitable seeker it could be used used as ASM.
 

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It's occurred to me that if GQM-163 was fitted with a Mk-72 booster (Enabling it to be launched from the Mk-41 VLS) along with a warhead and suitable seeker it could be used used as ASM.
A really crappy one. It doesn't have much range and would have even less with the weight of a warhead and guidance added. Would a Mk-72 even have the oomph to get it to speed?
 

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It's occurred to me that if GQM-163 was fitted with a Mk-72 booster (Enabling it to be launched from the Mk-41 VLS) along with a warhead and suitable seeker it could be used used as ASM.
A really crappy one. It doesn't have much range and would have even less with the weight of a warhead and guidance added. Would a Mk-72 even have the oomph to get it to speed?

Given the size of Mk 72, absolutely. It's a beast, not much smaller than the early Standard ER Mark 12 booster.

I have a vague memory that they did semi-seriously propose an AShM derivative of Coyote. One big problem was the miniscule space/weight available for a warhead. And yeah, range was disappointing.
 

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It's occurred to me that if GQM-163 was fitted with a Mk-72 booster (Enabling it to be launched from the Mk-41 VLS) along with a warhead and suitable seeker it could be used used as ASM.
A really crappy one. It doesn't have much range and would have even less with the weight of a warhead and guidance added. Would a Mk-72 even have the oomph to get it to speed?

Given the size of Mk 72, absolutely. It's a beast, not much smaller than the early Standard ER Mark 12 booster.
IIRC the Mk72 has about half the ISP Mk70 booster.
 
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USN has only one unmanned Self Defense Test Ship, SDTS, a converted Spruance, towing a barge 150 feet behind in case of damage. Its needed as the safety zone around ships is large (actual the figures in nm ?) so as to make live trials with manned ships meaningless eg Coyote would never be aimed head on at a ship or nearby to fully stress test its ESSM, RAM systems etc to see if effective.

The SDTS has for a considerable time been committed to testing the new Raytheon TSCE CMS with its SPY-3 X-band radar and the special variants of the SM-2 and ESSM required, installed on the three Zumwalts and Ford - Navy have stated that they are planning to scrap the SPY-3 installed on the Zumwalts, no reason given, yet to reveal which radar will replace it.

The DOT&E has for years pressuring the Navy to fully test the Burke Flight III self defense system capabilities with its new SPY-6 radar and its missiles on a dedicated Aegis $350 million SDTS, Congress funded the ship, but the Navy saying its not needed, relying on its modelling and simulation (M&S) suite, which depends on how good is the software!
 
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