Russia: We accessed all sensors, IR/GPS and avionics of Storm Shadow
The Russian military recently intercepted a British-made Storm Shadow tactical cruise missile as it sped toward Berdyansk. The damage to the missile’s hull suggests it may have been taken down by the 57E6 missile of the Pantsir-S1/SM complex, or possibly the advanced 9М338К air defense system of the Tor-M2U military air defense system.
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What’s worth highlighting is that the missile’s electrical equipment has largely remained intact. This preservation has piqued the interest of specialists in the field.
Components that stand out include the missile’s inertial navigation unit, GPS correction module, and the infrared sensor used for correlation and guidance in the final part of the missile’s trajectory. Also intriguing is the target selection controller, which uses the infrared sensor to pick out targets from a distance of 15-20km, depending on the target’s size and heat signature.
Other key features that have caught the eye of experts are the avionics power controllers, the missile battery, the digital fuel supply circuit for the Turbomeca Microturbo TRI 60-30 turbojet engine, and the design elements of the engine shielding integrated into the tail section of the engine nacelle.
Additionally, the Storm Shadow’s ability to disrupt Russian radar systems is under scrutiny. This information could help in the development of more advanced ground and air electronic warfare systems. Experts are also keen on examining the characteristics of the infrared sensors operating across different wave ranges, as well as the preserved elements of the aircraft body and wing.
Most advanced Storm Shadow technology
One of the most secret advanced technologies in the Storm Shadow missile is its guidance system, which uses a combination of GPS and inertial navigation to guide the missile to its target with extreme accuracy.
The missile also has a sophisticated imaging infrared seeker that allows it to identify and track targets even in low-light or adverse weather conditions.
In addition, the Storm Shadow missile is equipped with a stealthy design that makes it difficult for enemy radar systems to detect, increasing its chances of successfully reaching its target.
Images have recently surfaced showcasing the remnants of the Franco-British Storm Shadow cruise missile, intercepted by Russian air defense in the Zaporizhia region on July 4th.
This missile type has proven a challenge to intercept due to its low flight profile and radar-absorbing materials. Its introduction to the battlefield has indeed presented a new puzzle for the Russian armed forces to solve.
Yet, the increasing number of downed Storm Shadow images appearing online suggests that Russia’s air defenses could be slowly adapting to these attacks. Let’s delve into the specifics of the Storm Shadow missile.
The Storm Shadow
Meet the star of our show – the Storm Shadow missile. Oozing a sense of lethal precision, it’s a major player in contemporary warfare. Manufactured by MBDA, this air-launched cruise missile is a true testament to the advancements in military technology.
Primarily deployed by the UK, France, Italy, and Saudi Arabia, the Storm Shadow’s impressive range of over 300 kilometers enables it to strike with chilling precision while keeping the launch aircraft at a safe distance from enemy lines. Its stealth design and low-altitude flight path make it an elusive target for interception.
The Storm Shadow is equipped with a two-stage propulsion system, allowing it to cruise at subsonic speeds while blending effortlessly into its surroundings. The missile’s ‘Fire and Forget’ capability enables it to travel autonomously to the target post-launch, thereby reducing risks to the pilot. Its crowning glory, however, is the 450 kg BROACH warhead that causes widespread destruction upon impact.
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