US will develop aerial sea mines to hit long-range targets in the oceans
WASHINGTON, (BM) – The US Navy has published the first information about the Long Range Aerial Delivery of Maritime Mines project, within which it is planned to develop airborne mines, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
The goal of the Long Range Aerial Delivery of Maritime Mines program for the development of long-range flying sea mines is to create ammunition that can be sent to a given point in the world ocean without aviation entering the area of action of a potential enemy’s air defense systems. Flying naval mines are planned to be somewhat unified with the current Quickstrike, which will save the budget.
The basic version of the new flying naval mines airborne discharge should be designed to carry a warhead weighing 227 kilograms at a distance of at least 185 kilometers. An improved version of the mine should be capable of carrying a warhead weighing 907 kilograms over a distance of more than 185 kilometers.
As one of the scenarios for the use of new flying sea mines, the US Navy is considering mining the Taiwan Strait along its entire width – 380 kilometers at its widest point.
In the event of a military conflict between mainland China and Taiwan, sea mines will have to significantly complicate the transfer of Chinese equipment and troops to the island. The US Navy currently has several types of Quickstrike naval mines designed specifically for dropping from various types of aircraft, including F-35B / C fighters and B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers.
In the basic equipment, the Quickstrike is performed in the form of an aircraft bomb with an air brake in the tail, the ER version has folding wings, which allow it to glide a certain distance to a given point after dropping.
Qucikstrike is equipped with fuses with several types of sensors, including magnetic, acoustic and vibration. The maximum target range from the point of release from the aircraft is 74 kilometers.
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