This post was prompted by a recent post, Northrop Grumman Reveals Sky Viper Chain Gun And New Suicide Drone For Future Helicopters (thedrive.com)
We have talked about loitering munitions before, and I think they represent both a threat we need to be prepared to counter and a possible solution to countering small, fast, highly maneuverable surface threats be they manned or unmanned. Switchblade “Loitering Munition”/Puma–Switchblade Sensor to Shooter Capability | Chuck Hill’s CG Blog
Their effectiveness has been proven conclusively in the recent conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia. What the United States Military Can Learn from the Nagorno-Karabakh War | Small Wars Journal
The US military is looking seriously at these. Top Priority: Marines Want New Loitering Drones « Breaking Defense – Defense industry news, analysis and commentary
US Special Ops is experimenting with integrating them onto some of their small boats. US Special Ops buys AeroVironment’s anti-armour Switchblade 600 loitering munition | News | Flight Global
I’m not going to comment further, but I am going to provide additional links. There has been a lot of discussion about these recently.
The Army Is Testing Arming Its Light Tactical Vehicles With Drones (Updated) (thedrive.com)
New MD Explorer Gunship Features Internal Tubes For Launching Guided Munitions And Drones (thedrive.com)
The Navy Plans To Launch Swarms Of Aerial Drones From Unmanned Submarines And Ships (thedrive.com)
Wasn’t it Eisenhauer who warned, “Beware the military industrial complex?” Isn’t this how The Terminator movie begins? You take the human out of the equation, war becomes safe for the warrior. It’s the civilians who must suffer. My God, where are they taking us?
Unlike most cruise missiles, these have “man in the loop” allowing observation during the flight and the ability to abort the mission if necessary.
In some cases, if they can be recovered and reused.
“Loiter Munitions” isn’t anything new! The US started using them in 1988, and the Israeli used Kamikaze Drone as early as the Mid-1980’s…
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A non-suicidal version for use against UAS (drones). http://www.dmitryshulgin.com/2021/07/25/non-kinetic-effector/
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