American bombers b-1B Lancer that made Friday far a RAID over Europe, Ukraine and the Black sea, have experienced the latest American anti-ship missile air-based AGM-158C LRASM. About it reports a press-service of the U.S. air force in Europe.
Lancers from the 28th bomb wing took off on may 29 with the air base Ellsworth in South Dakota, crossed the Atlantic, Poland and about 10 o’clock in the morning entered the air space of Ukraine.
The b-1B was accompanied by Ukrainian MiG-29 of the 114 brigade tactical aviation and the su-27 out of 39 of the brigade. When approaching Odessa escort was replaced by the su-27, of 831 brigade tactical aviation, rising from the Odessa School of the airfield and soprovojdali Americans until the middle of the Black sea.
During a mission over the Black sea, two B-1 conducted test launches of anti-ship long-range missiles AGM-158C LRASM. The missile can destroy warships of the enemy at ranges up to 1000 km in conditions of heavy electronic countermeasures. It can be assumed that in response to conventional attack Odessa bombers Tu-22M3 conducted by the aggressor on 10 July last year, the learning objective for the Americans was the Russian black sea fleet ships.
American exercise miraculously coincided with the testing of new Ukrainian anti-ship missiles P-360МЦ “Neptune”: it launches held on the same day and approximately at the same time.
LRASM is developing a stealth cruise missile JASSM. For minimal radar signature fuselage of the rocket is made using composite carbon materials. The missile is equipped with a penetrating high-explosive warhead weighing 454 kg.
In view of the considerable range and high subsonic speed during the approach, the goal can be removed from the proposed district at a considerable distance. Therefore, the control system should allow LRASM missile to apply various schemes of the search target, and its onboard equipment to identify the detected objects in a complex environment of counter EW. It is assumed that the launched missile can stay in the air for a long period of time, identifying the detected objects until, until you find the ship, similar in characteristics to the intended target. When launching multiple missiles, they will exchange information, to carry out an independent search and to send each other the coordinates of the detected target, to form a General scheme of attack, taking into account different conditions. Missiles should also be able to perform complex evasive maneuvers, use of electronic warfare measures to break through enemy air defenses.
The main purpose of developing LRASM is the ability to act autonomously, without pre-programming of reference points of course, detecting the target without external target designation.