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Spike NLOS - "Non Line Of Sight" is an ultra long range version of the weapon with a claimed maximum range of up to 25 km (16 mi). As a newer, larger missile with an overall weight of around 70 kg (154 lb 5 oz), it can be fired from helicopters.
The Spike NLOS is already operational with a military customer, which is most likely to be Israel Defense Forces. In a deal concluded on 6 September 2011, the South Korean government has agreed to purchase an unknown number of Spike NLOS missiles.
Posted by Anonymoose 2012-02-13 14:53||
#2 This being said, I think what may be needed is an escort "mothership" that can carry a few dozen of these drone boats, which can be quick launched on request, then recovered. Think of a modified fast cargo ship.
I can also imagine another configuration, designed as anti-submarine boats. With different weaponry, of course. Like a 750lb Mark 54 MAKO Lightweight Torpedo.
Posted by Anonymoose 2012-02-13 15:00||
#3 Same robot boat can drop and retrieve robot subs.
Posted by Water Modem 2012-02-13 15:31||
#4 This being said, I think what may be needed is an escort "mothership" that can carry a few dozen of these drone boats
This is a follow-on/modification to an anti-submarine package designed for the Littoral Combat ship.
Posted by Pappy 2012-02-13 15:55||
#5 As per the #2, the US Navy's new MPS Ships are roughly the right "fit" for a "Mothership" - the ENTERPRISE, NIMITZES, + new FORD-Class CVNS may be too oversized + powerful for Navy-DOD requirements, espec given that the US is formally not antipating the breakout of any major mil conflicts [World Wars, Multi-National]at least thru Year 2050 iff not beyond. IOW, UN-APPROVED MINOR "POLICE ACTION(S)" + "PEACEKEEPING".
US Navy-DOD PLanners may not like the concept of "ARSENAL/FIRE SHIPS", but wid the new MPS design it appears they are moving in that direction anyway.
* 1990's RUSH LIMBAUGH [paraph] > "ITS A TERRIBLE BURDEN TO BE RIGHT = RIGHTIST ALL THE TIME"!
Posted by JosephMendiola 2012-02-13 19:48||
#6 Joe, its always the wars you don't anticipate breaking out that get you, at least that's been my experience.
Posted by OldSpook 2012-02-13 21:25||
#7 Thankfully, the Israeli's "Own" the Unmanned universe.
Posted by Chesh Squank6666 2012-02-13 22:49||