venerdì 23 maggio 2014

Sud Africa e Brasile insieme per nuovo missile

Denel Dynamics A-Darten SRAAM
La società sudafricana Denel Dynamics sta valutando la possibilità di produrre in Brasile un missile AAM a guida radar; il progetto, denominato Marlin, dovrebbe diventare operativo entro il prossimo anno e potrebbe comprendere anche una versione SAM per le forze di terra e navali. Marlin, il cui range dovrebbe toccare i 100 km, nasce sull'onda dei risultati raccolti dal programma A-Darten, missile SRAAM (Short Range Air-to-Air Missile) di quinta generazione prodotto in collaborazione con la brasiliana Mectrone. Conosciuto anche come V3E, il missile A-Darten dovrebbe entrare in produzione a partire dall'inizio del prossimo anno e potrebbe essere dichiarato pienamente operativo nel 2016.


Adattabile a velivoli di 2^, 3^, 4^ e 5^ generazione, è stato testato sui JAS-39 Gripen C/D delle Forze aeree sudafricane (SAAF) - cosa che permetterà una rapida integrazione con i SAAB acquistati dal Brasile - e sull'addestratore avanzato Boeing Hawk MK-120, e non è escluso che il sistema d'arma possa esse provato ache sugli AMX delle Forze aeree brasiliane (FAB). A-Darten ha un range di 20 km (12 mi) ed è dotato di un sistema di ricerca IIR ad immagine termica e di contro-contromisure elettroniche (ECCM). Oltre al missile A-Darten, la Denel Dynamics produce il sistema anticarro ALRRT-4M e il lanciatore portatile IPLS, armati con missili Ingwe; il sistema missilistico di precisione a lungo raggio e guida laser semi-attiva Mokopa e quelle superficie-aria UMKHONTO GBL; il sistema d'arma guidato a lungo raggio RAPTOR II; il kit di guida GPS/INS AL-TARIQ per bombe MK-81 MK-82 MK-83 e l'UAV di sorveglianza Seeker II +. 































Deon Olivier, Business Development Executive at Denel Dynamics, said that Brazil will initially buy a hundred missiles for its Gripens as part of an initial production run of around 250 missiles. He said that beyond South Africa and Brazil, other countries have expressed interest in the weapon.


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In addition to post-A-Darter work, Denel Dynamics is looking at collaborating with Brazil on a high speed target drone and a vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aerial vehicle (VTOL UAV).

Although the A-Darter is arguably Denel Dynamics’ most prestigious product, the company is also working on improving the other missiles in its stable. Last year it conducted firings of the Umkhonto SAM that engaged targets at 20 km, an improvement in range of 5 km. Ultimately the company wants to put a radar seeker head onto the Umkhonto and give it a range of up to 60 km.

Denel Dynamics is adapting its Ingwe anti-tank missile to be fired from different launchers. It was originally designed to be launched from armoured vehicles but the company is working on a lighter launcher for integration on light helicopters and light vehicles. The aim is to have a missile that can be dismounted from a vehicle and fired from a tripod. This would make it more versatile – for instance it could be fired from ships or used to protect bases. According to Christo de Kock, Chief Operations Executive, Denel Dynamics is busy with an internally funded prototype. A working prototype is expected in the next six months.

De Kock said Mokopa and Ingwe are mature missiles in production, with the Ingwe selling internationally. Meanwhile, the Al Tariq guided bomb unit is in production for the United Arab Emirates Air Force through the Tawazun Dynamics company and has been integrated onto the Hawk and Mirage 2000. On the surface-to-air side, the Umkhonto was delivered to the Finnish and South African navies and is in production for an export customer.

De Kock said Denel Dynamics was looking at using common building blocks in adapting its missiles to suit various needs. It is running a programme to replace the infrared seeker in the Umkhonto with a radar seeker for all-weather operation, for example.

Some years ago Denel exhibited the Impi missile at Africa Aerospace and Defence as a lighter, smaller Mokopa that could be fired from UAVs. However, the company has suspended development of this weapon as it is focusing on using UAVs like the Seeker 400 for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance given the sensitivity about armed UAVs.

Looking forward, de Kock said it was important to stay on top of developments and keep an eye on areas of interest, such as improved sensors, modular subsystems, parts commonality, scalability of warheads and cost reduction and Denel Dynamics is exploring all these avenues.