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Developed by the European companies Matra BAE Dynamics Alenia (MBDA) and Leonardo cruise missile of class “air-surface” Select Precision Effects At Range Electronic Warfare (SPEAR-EW) will be able to deceive the means of missile and air defense (air defense and missile defense) of the enemy, writes The Drive.
The American edition notes that these missiles will facilitate the penetration of fighters of the fourth and fifth generations in controlled airspace by missile and air defense. It is reported that SPEAR-EW will be particularly effective in the case of a joint application with Three missiles SPEAR (SPEAR-3), for example, against self-propelled anti-aircraft missile and gun complex (zrpk) “Shell-S1” Russian production.
“Combining SPEAR-3 SPEAR-EW in a fully online mode, mini-cruise missiles can work as a swarm, breaking a critical part of the network of enemy air defenses. For example, SPEAR-EW can fool or block the enemy threat, while the SPEAR-3 will seek out and destroy not only the source, but all the nearby components,” writes The Drive.
Other features SPEAR-EW is the provision of intelligence before the attack SPEAR-3, accompanied by the transfer of real-time data to the command post. “In fact, SPEAR-EW can be programmed to autonomously request a redirect SPEAR-3, depending on the nature of the threat,” — says the publication.
According to a July report from Stratfor, the Russian anti-aircraft missile system s-400 “Triumph” is vulnerable to a massive attack of the enemy.
In April, MBDA revealed the possibility of SPEAR-EW, which will receive turbofan engines Pratt & Whitney TJ-130. In particular, the range of the missile — more than 140 kilometers, the mass of weapons — 100 kilograms, length — 1.8 meters, diameter — 180 millimeters.
In November 2018, chief editor of the magazine “Arsenal Fatherland” Victor murakhovski posted on his page in Facebook the text from the channel “Military journalists” in the Telegram, which States about the futility of “Pantsir-S1” in Syria, but a day later deleted the post.
The contract for the creation of SPEAR-EW MBDA and the UK Ministry of defence concluded in March 2016. The amount of the transaction amounted to 536 million dollars. On the contract works is given four years. The first SPEAR-EW must obtain a British fighter of the fifth generation short takeoff and vertical landing F-35B Lightning II.
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