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Marines testing SMASH Smart Shooter FCS for anti drone   Small Arms <20mm

Started 8-Oct by gatnerd; 1660 views.
roguetechie

From: roguetechie

9-Oct

Oh yeah, the post emissions era is going to be real interesting!

They're working on it though.

gatnerd

From: gatnerd

9-Oct

roguetechie said:

The safran CTAM is like any of a bunch of other peq style laser and illuminator combos except it's laser is capable of functioning as a coded laser for target designation for any weapon that requires laser designation.

Thats a really cool system. I had wondered whether they would ever create a weapon mounted laser designator, that way a scoped rifleman could laze a target for something like a drone strike, or perhaps supporting fires from something like APKWS.

Along those lines, it would be interesting if the laser could also pair with a GPS unit, so that the rifleman's GPS cordinates and the laser distance and angle from the target could be combined, so that the targets precise GPS location could be determined for calling in fires. 

poliorcetes

From: poliorcetes

9-Oct

On the one hand, SMASH 2000 is really promising. It includes a bunch of really interesting capabilities, some of them unprecedented and apparently quite mature. I assume that it has not been proposed as FCS por NGSW mainly for risk management reasons. M1186 is going to be enough risky by itself. But surely either this or its sucessor is going to be a true FCS for the future rifle and MG, specially when it will be coupled with other systems in the battlefield, either IVAS googles or the video feed from other elements of the immediate network. Anyways, a FCS-controlled trigger is going to happen and be fielded.

However, it is quite silly as a C-sUAS system. The human operator is just a too big bottleneck. Every single demo of the system has been shown against a hovering sUAS and mainly against DJI phantom. Not against a quick sUAS.

A human operator needs to:

1. detect the sUAS and its path
2. point to it
3. Designate it using SMASH 2000 designator
4. fire after a fire solution is achieved.

the probability of shoot down a 5" sUAS flying at 100kph and at 10m of height is quite low with this.

The only kinetic solution should be a RWS one. Machine sensor, machine pointing, machine fire. Preciselly like 30x113 Koenisberg product you mentioned in another thread

gatnerd

From: gatnerd

10-Oct

poliorcetes said:

The only kinetic solution should be a RWS one. Machine sensor, machine pointing, machine fire. Preciselly like 30x113 Koenisberg product you mentioned in another thread

The 30x113 is one option. Another I thought would be interesting would be a 'micro CIWS' using a scaled down version of the 20mm Phalanx used on ships, employing a 5.56/7.62 minigun. 

In all cases, detecting the drones without constantly using Radar is likely to be an issue, for the 'emit you die' reasons JP mentioned. 

poliorcetes

From: poliorcetes

10-Oct

1. A Gatling shooting hundreds of bullets at a shallow degree doesn’t sound very safe for friendly troops down

2. an AESA emitting is not easy to be located

3. Computer vision + audio could be as important as radar for locating small and quick flying objects whose propellers cry like banshees

gatnerd

From: gatnerd

10-Oct

poliorcetes said:

1. A Gatling shooting hundreds of bullets at a shallow degree doesn’t sound very safe for friendly troops down

Thats likely to be a problem with any 'hard kill' anti drone weapon. Bullets, airbursting cannon shells, lasers... any of those are going to be super dangerous when fired at shallow angles / low to the ground. Similar to the danger posed to dismounted infantry by APS 'Hard Kill' systems on tanks designed to destroy ATGMs - its basically like a EFP mine going off at head height. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Active_protection_system#Hard-kill_measures

A semi passable solution may be to have some sort of 'about to fire' alarm ring out from the AA/CUAS system telling troops to hit the deck prior to it firing. 

poliorcetes

From: poliorcetes

10-Oct

Compare danger zone of a shotgun shell with the one of a bullet rifle. Fragments or shrapnel loss enery much quicker than bullets. It's not the same to use a AB grenade than burst shrapnel over an area than let loose hundreds of bullets

taschoene

From: taschoene

10-Oct

gatnerd said:

Bullets, airbursting cannon shells, lasers... any of those are going to be super dangerous when fired at shallow angles / low to the ground.

But airbursting shells seem less hazardous than solids.  The land-based C-RAM (derived from Phalanx) switched from APDS to a time-delayed/self-destructing HE round to minimize collateral damage on the ground under the engagement path.  Still not 100% safe but much better than dealing with returning solid shells.  

gatnerd

From: gatnerd

11-Oct

poliorcetes said:

Compare danger zone of a shotgun shell with the one of a bullet rifle. Fragments or shrapnel loss enery much quicker than bullets. It's not the same to use a AB grenade than burst shrapnel over an area than let loose hundreds of bullets

Yes, overall distance o'danger is more for solids then fragments.

But for dismounted infantry, the danger from 30mm is likely one of 30mm solids, as the troops will likely be closer to the 30mm gun than the approaching enemy drone. And the 30mm only becomes fragments when its near the drone.

Ie the troops are within 100m of the JLTV CUAS vehicle, and the drone is engaged at 200m as its approaching the troops, then the 30mm shell is hurtling across the troops as a solid, 50,000 ft/lb projectile, and only will become fragments at 200m when it engages the drone. 

So at least in that scenario I dont see the 30mm being any safer for dismounts vs a 5.56/7.62 gattling gun. If anything getting smashed by a 30mm seems far more irrecoverable. 

gatnerd

From: gatnerd

11-Oct

taschoene said:

But airbursting shells seem less hazardous than solids.  The land-based C-RAM (derived from Phalanx) switched from APDS to a time-delayed/self-destructing HE round to minimize collateral damage on the ground under the engagement path. 

Absolutely. If you have a Phalanx firing to destroy mortars coming into the Green Zone in Baghdad (or similar center of a city), then having hundreds of 20mm tungsten bullets raining down into the city is to be avoided. 

For operating in a warzone like Syria or Afghanistan, I'm not sure how much of a concern firing a 5.56/7.62 minigun into the air at drones  would be in terms of danger posed by the bullets returning to earth. 

Although it's possible we could see a sort of 'air defense' 5.56/7.62 load developed, that uses a core thats 100% tracer compound, so that when it burns out only the jacket is left to return to earth. 

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