They were launched in a sequence and took routes that caused their arrival to be within a 60 second interval. It is reported that 23 of 59 launched actually arrived at the target and from airborne IR video images released it looks like there may have been sufficient time from the warning of foreign personnel at the targeted location to missile arrival time for at least some of the aircraft to be moved from their former locations to locations they'd never normally be parked. Six aircraft were claimed to have been destroyed. Intact ones shown look like ancient Mig-21s.
I'd like confirmation from a more reliable source than the Russians that only 23 of 59 launched actually arrived at the target. If true, that isn't great... I wonder if there are any unclassified stats, like from one or more of the Iraq wars, on this. I'll have to search on-line. After Gulf War I it was revealed that the Patriot missiles didn't perform at all well (since corrected, supposedly) and now I'm wondering about the BGM-109s, too.That has been a tactic used for a long time, mostly with non-conventional missiles. We could (simulated) launch two or three Short Range Attack Missiles (AGM-69A) at a "target" in five second intervals. The aircraft computer would command each missile prior to launch to fly a trajectory as to allow them to arrive at the target simultaneously. In a real world situation this would have increased the warhead effects and also prevented fratricide by one non-conventional warhead of the others.
Same tactic with ALCMs, Tomahawks, and multi-warhead ICBM.
The Tomahawks launched were doing less than loitering and more of flying a timing pattern to arrive at their targets at a specified time.
Twenty-one years of Hound Dogs, SRAMs, ALCMS, GLCMs, and ACMs.
That technique is known as Timed On Target or TOT, most artillery personnel just call it a Mercy Kill. With the first round accuracy of modern artillery it can wipe out entire units or command posts without warning.Modern artillery also launches projectiles at varying angles so the shells all hit about at the same time on target. You don't want one hitting and then giving people a chance to take cover before the rest hit.
That's another thing. Why risk being picked up on radar. AND I heard they called the Russians and warned them. WHY????if they are loitering, can they then be tracked by radar?!
I assume the loiter time is in minutes, not hours!
I'm sure that they called the Russians first so that they could reduce the risk that our missiles would kill Russian citizens and cause further friction between our nations. Our intent was to make a point with the Syrian government and not to start a war with Russia. Similarly, we notified Israel in advance. It is possible that some of our missiles could have overflown Israel, but more likely that they would have flown through areas of Syria that are monitored by Israeli radar and protected by either Iron Dome, or David's Sling defense systems. It was only about a month ago that a David's Sling rocket knocked down a Syrian SAM that was launched after Israeli F-16's so we would clearly want to insure that the Israeli systems did not target our missiles.That's another thing. Why risk being picked up on radar. AND I heard they called the Russians and warned them. WHY????
I kinda like the loiter capability but knock out the radar first before you loiter.
I'm guessing partly to piss them off even more. It's like telling someone "your friend pissed me off. You said you were gonna keep them in line. you didn't. Now I'm gonna knock him out, and you can't do anything about it. By the way, get out of my way or I'm knocking you out too. "That's another thing. Why risk being picked up on radar. AND I heard they called the Russians and warned them. WHY????
Couldn't have said it better; they make lying an art form. The best part about this is that events did not escalate and drive attacks on Americans on the ground AND we lived up to our word regarding chems being a Red Line = success.I would be skeptical about what the Russians say.
I think reactions to these missile attacks is yet to be seen. And I believe that the Russians will be behind any retaliation.Couldn't have said it better; they make lying an art form. The best part about this is that events did not escalate and drive attacks on Americans on the ground AND we lived up to our word regarding chems being a Red Line = success.
Loitering is a tactic, built into a capability where needed. This does not necessarily apply to missiles only; a gravity weapon can 'burn off energy' as well. Many RPAs loiter as a central TTP (tactics, techniques and procedures)--persistence is the name of their game. Loitering could be waiting for a triggering event, to get to an exact TOT (time on target) for multiple weapons or an effect, or just to surveil/collect. Sometimes you care if the adversary sees the loitering asset and sometimes you do not, depends on the desired end state.