D Roy wrote:Austin,
the comment about the IR signature was not criticism on my part.
And as far as hypersonic systems are concerned every developer is worried about tracking by IIR, which is getting better by the day.
D Roy tracking by IIR is indeed a genuine concern as you have stated , but there is nothing much one can do about it unless one can design a missile that can fly without an engine or uses a sail to fly one has to live with it and try to over come it with other means.
IIR is indeed getting sensitive and discrimination is getting better as new generation of IIR sensors are being developed but Radar still remains a primary source for tracking and firecontrol for most SAM.
There is no way one can reduce IR signature of any missile or aircraft unless one goes through that extra mile and develops something like B-2 which can also be detected by IIR systems atleast I came across one IIR image of B-2 in flight. They can reduce it ofcourse but thats about it.
Shourya tries to beat the system by Hypersonic Speed , Low Profile Trajectory ( DT ) , Accuracy and Mobility . But with system like THAAD that can intercept at minimum 40 Km altitude and S-400 which can do the same at long range the jury is open , but I would still put my money on Shourya than build a S-400 to defend against it.
Secondly, I am aware of the view that the Klub-M shas imply been adapted to the Iskander launcher and that this is called the R-500. something of this sort may have been displayed at MAKS 2007 as well. However there have also been claims that it is a new missile. if you can show me a comment by a russian general who says that it is indeed the Klub the case will be closed once and for all.
Nevertheless the Iskander M and E are obviously not cruise missiles.
by the way take a look at this photo,http://visualrian.com/images/item/155216
Indeed Iskander system has two missile
R-500 which is a GLCM derived from Land Attack Klub
Iskander-M - its a quasi ballistic missile which does the same trajectory as shourya does @ 50 Km and @ Mach 4.
Right now I do not have any link since this is based on what I know and read about it but here is something on Klub from AFMhttp://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c52/b ... k/klub.jpg