StrongHarm -> RE: Helo-Helo Combat (9/8/2021 8:00:30 PM)
Although I've performed multiple roles for the U.S. Military and DOD over many years, I'm very careful about telling someone they're "wrong" about anything concerning military hardware. Of course, we all have our perceptions of performance, capabilities, and purpose, but unless we're actually tasked with using that system *right now* it's hard to be so sure that it's worth a confrontation. The gap between perception and reality can sometimes turn around and bite you.
If someone said "Those Strykers look cool with the lasers on top" you'd say "You're wrong!".. buuuut:
search "army advances first laser weapon through combat shoot off" (sorry I can't post links)
Another example; is that a SHORAD fired Hellfire hitting an air target, or is it a Stinger that needs to go on a diet?:
search you tube "Stryker A1 IM-SHORAD in Action - US Army New Air Defense Vehicle" at 28sec
As part of multi-domain integrated air defense philosophies, they wanted a missile that could be effective offensively defensively. Here's a conference where they discuss the plan. (Also, you can see a Hellfire being launched at an air target then a ground target in the previous video)
search you tube "Distributed Defense: New Operational Concepts for Integrated Air and Missile Defense"
The Longbow Hellfire missile, although originally designed as an air-to-ground tank-killing missile, has recently shown success in destroying Unmanned Aircraft Systems targets. A variety of other missiles will also be tested as part of the Engineering Demonstration at White Sands Missile Range.
search "US army successfully fires missile from new interceptor launch platform"
M-SHORAD with Hellfire now deployed:
ďalready successfully fired Hellfire, AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles and other weapons as a mobile air-defense weapon. It is showing great promise in testing, fires multiple missiles.."
search "bulletpoints stryker msl shorad russia europe"
IM-SHORAD - it appears that the SHORAD uses Stingers for light air threats, and Hellfires for larger armored air threats:
*Two Hellfire missiles, capable of hitting both air and ground targets. Hellfire has not only a larger warhead than the Armyís standard Stinger anti-aircraft missile (18-20 pounds vs. 6.6) but a long range than the TOW anti-tank missiles on its M2 Bradleys and ATGM Strykers (5 miles vs. at most 2.8).
*Four Stinger missiles for less well-armored aircraft targets, in a new quad launcher put together by Raytheon.
search "army anti aircraft stryker can kill tanks too"
L7A Hellfire missiles capable of air-to-air engagements of enemy helicopters and some tactical UASs
search "army mil fires bulletin archive nov dec"
Hellfires are also being fired from the Multi-Missile Launcher (MML) for air defense:
Mobility - Road-mobile; Mounted atop a medium tactical truck
Targets - Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), cruise missiles, rockets, artillery, and mortars
Role - Short and medium range multi mission air defense system
Interceptors - AIM-9X Sidewinder, Miniature Hit-to-Kill, Lockheed Martinís Longbow Hellfire, Raytheonís Stinger, Rafaelís Tamir