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#21 Dawes

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Posted 21 December 2019 - 2123 PM

The upcoming ATACMS replacement can fit two missiles in the space of one ATACMS, so something has been improved. It would seem that the warhead has to be smaller so maybe it gives up something in blast/frag but has better accuracy on target?


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#22 Burncycle360

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Posted 21 December 2019 - 2126 PM

If they rotated the 6 pack / ATACMs container 90 degrees, they would be able to double up the quantity (24 GMLRS or 4 ATACMs / 8 ATACMS replacement) similar to TOS-1


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#23 Chris Werb

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Posted 29 December 2019 - 1617 PM

The upcoming ATACMS replacement can fit two missiles in the space of one ATACMS, so something has been improved. It would seem that the warhead has to be smaller so maybe it gives up something in blast/frag but has better accuracy on target?

 

If they use an equivalent of the Alternative Warhead for MLRS, it would probably be a lot better than unitary ATACMS against soft/area targets.


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#24 DB

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Posted 30 December 2019 - 1219 PM

Aerodynamics has improved in the last 50 years, along with on board control systems to optimise trajectories.

 

Materials changes and higher density, lower power electronics also help. If you consider that a missile (not one that goes into orbit!) might be 70% fuel and 30% everything else, if you can turn the 30% into 25% you are likely to see a disproportionate improvement in range. Not to mention smaller warheads because improved CEP.


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