How capable are SHORADs?

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Unread post02 Apr 2020, 12:41

How about adapting APKWS to a vehicle-mounted C-RAM? Poor man's RBS-70, and adaption of a platform already in the logistics chain. Basically you'd be augmenting Stinger with a laser-guided option.
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Unread post02 Apr 2020, 14:54

Well I don't know about SALH suitability for C-RAM, it's kinda unprecedented AFAIK, not going to count out 2.75" rocket airframe, but US Army doesn't appear to be asking for IFPC to keep up with the tip of mechanized formations, as I understand it's still for the semi fixed sites like forward logistic hubs that you can't entirely get rid of. But I'm guessing they want the minimum protection configuration to have as little footprint as possible so there's the option to disperse even more but still have some defense to create uncertainty for attackers. From that I extrapolated that they may also find more affordable interceptors to be more appealing, for what they need to defend.

APKWS with little to no modification can probably work for C-UAS, while also contribute to ground combat. It's certainly possible to find a place on M-SHORAD IMHO.
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Unread post02 Apr 2020, 21:25

mmm wrote:Well I don't know about SALH suitability for C-RAM, it's kinda unprecedented AFAIK, not going to count out 2.75" rocket airframe, but US Army doesn't appear to be asking for IFPC to keep up with the tip of mechanized formations.

I find this surprising, since the whole M-SHORAD thing seems to have been directed at Russia, particularly in the Baltics. If things were ever to kick off there the BCTs in theatre would be heavily outnumbered and certainly subject to Russian airpower (at least in the early stages).
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Unread post03 Apr 2020, 00:58

IFPC and M-Shorad are separate programs.
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Unread post03 Apr 2020, 01:52

My mistake - cheers for the correction :cheers:
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