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Chinese UAV & UCAV development

AssassinsMace

Brigadier
There's definitely something that arcs forward and lands about 20ft further. The other guy just basically ran towards the explosion. Unless those mounds of dirt are bunkers, what else was being targeted?
 

janjak desalin

Junior Member
No, the explosion looks like it was made by an ATGM (likely by an AR-1, with a 11 kg warhead). A 50 kg bomb would have easily taken out a fighter-sized target (as per the SDB test video released by the USAF).
Imho, even the AR-1's 11 kg warhead is excessive; considering the predominant types of targets UCAVs will engage in the COIN role, I think the LMD-002
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and LMD-003,
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at ~5kg total weight, and the Sky Arrow,
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at ~3 kg total weight, are more efficient UCAV ordinances.
Even the Sky Arrow 90,
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at 17 kg total weight, would be more efficient.
 
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Imho, even the AR-1's 11 kg warhead is excessive; considering the predominant types of targets UCAVs will engage in the COIN role, I think the LMD-002
and LMD-003,
at ~5kg total weight, and the Sky Arrow,
at ~3 kg total weight, are more efficient UCAV ordinances.
Even the Sky Arrow 90,
at 17 kg total weight, would be more efficient.
~3 and ~5 kg total missile weight seems to me to be too light for anything more than blowing a single person up with a direct hit. Since armored vehicles, caves, concrete buildings, and bunkers are accessible to targets that is way too high a survival probability for a target. ~3 and ~5 kg warhead weight, maybe. I think a minimally effective missile has to be one able to take out a MBT with a direct hit at any angle.
 

janjak desalin

Junior Member
~3 and ~5 kg total missile weight seems to me to be too light for anything more than blowing a single person up with a direct hit. Since armored vehicles, caves, concrete buildings, and bunkers are accessible to targets that is way too high a survival probability for a target. ~3 and ~5 kg warhead weight, maybe. I think a minimally effective missile has to be one able to take out a MBT with a direct hit at any angle.
First off, on second reading, as you point out, the ~3 and ~5 kg total missile weight figures seem to be possibly erroneous (Wikipedia:oops:).

Secondly, please allow me to correct my word usage; as opposed to more efficient (although they would be this, too), I meant to write more economical. And, this, my friend, is the point. Bigger ordinance, bigger UCAV, bigger price-tags. I prefer the solution of more, lighter, less-expensive, ordinance on more, lighter, less-expensive, UCAVs (the type, btw, that will make up tha vast majority of UCAVs developed).

For armored targets, one would, obviously, use heavier ordinance. For the strike in the video, to which these comments have been directed, and for machine-gun emplacements, mortar positions, ATGM positions, and technicals, the predominant weapons of insurgents, and even light artillery positions, a ~13 to ~15 kg guided missile (possibly more accurate) armed with a ~3 to ~5 kg warhead carrying a ~1 to ~2 kg payload would have been quite sufficient. Additionally, placing a ~2 kg thermobaric or FAE warhead on such a missile would easily solve the problems of "caves, concrete buildings, and bunkers".

Gott'a love the thermobarics, baby! Gott'a love 'em!
 
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