Missile + gun? What is the unmanned aerial gun of the US Army?

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 Missile + gun? What is the unmanned aerial gun of the US Army?


The floating gun is a common weapon in the GAODA series

This step is a little too big, and its principle is also a little puzzling.

At this stage, we often call the so-called flying cannon. In addition to the various types of cannon equipped with fighter helicopters, the most famous one is the seven tube Avenger Gatling gun on the A-10 nose.

Military fans jokingly call the A-10 a flying cannon, because almost all the design of the A-10 revolves around the Avenger, but the mobility of the A-10 is far less than that of the real fighter, even though it is physically beaten.

The A-10s cannon is almost its soul

Another famous air cannon is the 105mm howitzer equipped with AC-130, which is the largest caliber air cannon in active service and the landmark weapon of AC-130.

Because of the direct aim ballistic shooting in the air, the accuracy of this gun is considerable, and the top attack of 105mm grenade can kill any armored target in seconds. The U.S. military is handy, cheap and easy to use, but only a high-performance transport aircraft like the C-130 can be equipped with such a large artillery.

The 30 mm m230 machine gun on the Apache helicopter is the lightest machine gun in the U.S. Army, with a total weight of 55.8kg. In theory, it can be installed on drones such as Predator and Reaper. However, considering the ammunition, recoil force and aiming system of the machine gun, its practicability is also greatly reduced, so no one in any country has the chance to install the machine gun, The cost-effectiveness ratio of guided rocket and missile is higher.

M230 gun on Apache helicopter

In the present stage of gun technology without revolutionary progress, floating gun is doomed to be just a fantasy.

Therefore, this unmanned artillery plan of the US Army is inevitably imaginative.

Because there is no relevant picture display or principle explanation in the United States at present, we can only have a pure brain hole.

American Tomahawk cruise missile

If the warhead of Tomahawk missile is replaced by a small missile nest or rocket nest, the mobility and multi-target attack capability of the missile can be satisfied.

There are several advantages to doing so.

American Reaper drone

If we want to support the area 300 kilometers away, it may take an hour to dispatch the UAV, but it can arrive in more than 20 minutes using the cruise missile. Even compared with the manned aircraft, the preparation time for launching the cruise missile is much shorter, as long as the target coordinates are bound, we can launch.

The second point is very important, that is, after the United States withdraws from the China Missile Treaty, it can deploy cruise missiles on the ground without any legal problems. This means that the U.S. military can deploy in bases in hot areas and launch when it finds out the situation. Compared with the sea based launch of cruise missiles, the distance is greatly shortened. In theory, if the combat distance is close, it can return to the sea for recovery.

Land based Tomahawk missiles can now be equipped with the US military

Of course, there are still many technical problems in developing such a system. First of all, we need to improve the structure of Tomahawk missile, put a set of launching device of small guided weapons in it, and install a sight seeing system of guided weapons. This project is simple, but it is not easy to develop.

The second is the simplest way, which is to install machine guns on the U.S. active UAV. At present, the U.S. military has quite mature various kinds of machine gun pods, which integrate the guns and ammunition, and hang them on the aircraft. The only thing to be considered is whether the body can bear the recoil force and vibration of the guns, and whether the aiming accuracy is enough.

However, m230 machine gun can be installed on small unmanned vehicles. For the Reaper UAV with a maximum takeoff weight of more than 4 tons, the pressure should be low.

M230 machine gun mounted on small unmanned vehicle

The biggest mounting point of Reaper can hang 680 kg. It is more than enough to load a m230 machine gun with 200 shells. Other mounting points can still mount all kinds of bombs and missiles normally. The advantage of this mounting method is that the number of ammunition increases dramatically. When dealing with a single target, it is unnecessary to use missiles worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the cost of using shells is too low.

Finally, there is a real flying gun way.

It is to install some kind of shell launching device on the air-to-air missile, but because the speed of the air-to-air missile itself is very high, even higher than the initial speed of the ordinary shell, so the shell does not need too high initial speed, and can be released normally.

This kind of shell carried on the missile, of course, can also be guided. After launching, it can hit accurately. Because there is no shell and propellant, the warhead can at least achieve the same power as the 30mm bullet. A missile with seven or eight rounds is not a problem.

The American crazy fire guided projectile is a kind of small guided projectile

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However, this Mach 5 flying gun looks delicious, but in fact, it has a big hole, that is, the active air-to-air missile has a limited range and a small maneuvering range.

Because air-to-air missiles are all fast burning propellants, which burn out in a very short time, and accelerate the missiles to a very high speed, the missiles can only rely on inertial flight for the rest of the time, so it is totally inexplicable to design multiple warheads for point-to-point strike on the air-to-air missiles with a very short flight time.

However, the U.S. military is a master of hype concept and is good at attracting attention. The previous strategic artillery with a range of 1600 kilometers is an example. What kind of weapon is this unmanned flying artillery depends on whether the budget of this wave is in place.