$ 4.8 million in British taxes goes to smarter missiles
LONDON, BM, ($1 = 0.73 British Pounds) – In the next two years, Britain will develop a new, smarter, and next-generation missile system, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, citing a press release from the British Ministry of Defense. $ 4.8 million (£ 3.5 million) of British taxes will be invested in developing the systems.
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The design and development were assigned to the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). The project is part of a massive increase in the Kingdom’s defense budget over the next four years by nearly $ 33 billion (£ 24 billion). Nearly $ 10 billion (£ 6.6 billion) has been earmarked from this increase in R&D.
The new missile system, which is expected to be developed, known as the Cooperative Demonstration Technological Weapon Demonstrator (CSWTD), must operate autonomously, allowing it to be coded and electronically communicating with other weapon systems. The British Ministry of Defense expects the new system to give greater flexibility to the missiles, more precise and timely response to the detection of a specific threat, and work in all weather conditions.
“Drawing on the vital expertise of our Dstl scientists, innovative new missile systems will enhance our current capabilities as Defense adapts to meet future threats,” said Jeremy Quinn, the Kingdom’s Minister of State (Minister for Defence Procurement). “With an investment into research and development, this project highlights the central role of science and technology playing in informing how our assets operate,” he added.
The CSWTD project will upgrade existing software and hardware, both with the launch platform and the communication between the missiles themselves, to conduct hundreds of studies on communication between the missiles themselves.
The stabbing technology is new and the United States is the first in this field. As we wrote recently, Washington has begun to develop flocks of missiles to communicate during flight and before striking a target. This program in the United States is called the Golden Horde Vanguard and began two years ago in the United States.
The principle of operation is as follows – a group or swarm of bombs perform coordinated actions by sharing measurements of the location of the target and combine the information of each bomb into one, which reduces the possibility of error for the exact location of the enemy target.
With this program, the US Air Force is trying to change the rules of the game. Assuming that at the time of battle all weapon systems are pre-programmed, the risk of unforeseen action by the enemy to destroy these systems is high. However, the use of network weapons implies that they do not have a pre-drawn plan, but prepare it during the battle in real-time, thus overcoming the surprising actions of the enemy.
The US Air Force recently tested a similar interaction between small-diameter bombs. The lab says the tests were successful, but there is still no complete picture of the program’s capabilities to say it will be launched or integrated into the US Air Force.
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