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Have there been any documented instances of shootdowns of cruise missiles?

The reason I ask is that slower cruise missiles should have longer range.  Going supersonic means a lot more drag, which means a lot more fuel burned just to overcome drag.  Mach 5-6 is fun and all, but it's making the weapon a lot shorter legged than it would be if it puttered along at subsonic speeds most of the way.

 

Or does it putter along subsonically and only accelerate to max speed for the final phase?  That would make sense too.

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Have there been any documented instances of shootdowns of cruise missiles?

The reason I ask is that slower cruise missiles should have longer range.  Going supersonic means a lot more drag, which means a lot more fuel burned just to overcome drag.  Mach 5-6 is fun and all, but it's making the weapon a lot shorter legged than it would be if it puttered along at subsonic speeds most of the way.

 

Or does it putter along subsonically and only accelerate to max speed for the final phase?  That would make sense too.

 

 

There was also a more recent case of a MiG-31 intercepting a cruise missile in a test, someone posted it a while back.

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Azerbaidjan looks like bought helicopter version of LAHAT missiles (SkyBow) for their Mi-17s. 4 missiles launcher mount and optical-aiming-tracking station MOSP-3000D.

 

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MOSP-3000D

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SkyBow 4-missiles launcher/mounting system (unrealted to photos above)

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There was also a more recent case of a MiG-31 intercepting a cruise missile in a test, someone posted it a while back.

 

Also while technically not a Cruise missile (which is why I didn't list it previously), there was an event in the Gulf War that was the first combat interception of an anti ship missile, where a Silkworm/Termit missile originally targeting the USS Missouri after it's CIWS malfunctioned and failed to aquire a target was shot down by by a British escort using a pair of Sea Dart missiles 700m out from the Missouri.

 

(Lessons learned from the Falklands war lead to rushing out improvements to CIWS systems and the practice of not using decoy flares in the Royal Navy.)

 

https://defenceoftherealm.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/missile-vs-missile-hms-gloucesters-finest-hour/

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   Su-35S at the Dzemgi airport with RVV-SD missiles (active radar homing warhead).

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   Saudi Arabia has acquired South Korean-designed KGGB 500 pounds guided bombs and tested them.

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Multifunctional Fighter Boeing F-15S Eagle (number 5513) of the Air Force of Saudi Arabia, carrying a South Korean KGGB guided bombs.

 

   KGGB bombs is a 2 part system - bombs itself and guidance module with wings and GPS. The drop height of the bomb is from 3 to 12 km, when it is in the high-altitude flight, this weapon max range rise to up to 100-120 km. Claimed accuracy error is 5 m at small distances and 13 m at maximum ranges. On the practical range tests, distances were from 47 to 103 km, and the accuracy - 0.4 to 8 m. KGGB has a special mode to engage targets located on the back slopes of the mountains. According to the South Korean sources, KGGB have superior accuracy to US JDAM series, which has possible error at long ranges is at the South Korean data, of about 25 m.

 
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Russia has apparently placed an order for 30 more Su-30SM fighters, according to Jane's.

 

http://www.janes.com/article/59249/russia-orders-30-more-su-30sm-fighters

 

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Key Points
  • Irkut has received an order for 30 more Su-30SMs for the VKS
  • The order will make the Su-30SM the most numerous fighter type in Russian service

Russia has ordered 30 more Sukhoi Su-30SM 'Flanker' multirole fighter aircraft, the country's Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 3 April.

The new order means the Su-30SM will be the most numerous fighter type in Russian service.

According to the MoD the aircraft are expected to be delivered to the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) before the end of 2018.

Based on the export-standard Su-30MK, the Su-30SM replaces the French and Israeli electronics found on the MK for Russian ones but otherwise retains the same airframe with canards and AL-37FP thrust-vectoring engines. As with the Su-30MK, the Su-30SM is built in Irkutsk by the Irkutsk Aviation Plant.

According to the MoD, the contract was signed by Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov and Oleg Demchenko, the president or Irkut Corporation (the parent of Irkutsk Aviation Plant)."

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Copy-Pasting this from Syrian conflict thread. Mi-28N combat-testing Ataka ATGMs on ISIS.

 

Part 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHP-DPrg4hs

First truck was hit in the engine when truck started to move, second missed (pilot mistake, or FCS lost tracking)

 

Part 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuWCRsxvrIU

"Carefully, carefully "pedaliruy" [pedal it, aka "hold it", gunner asking pilot to hold helicopter trajectory straight]

Hold it hold it hold it

Excellent!"

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