OSLO ($1=10.24 Norwegian Krones) — The coasts of northern Norway will host an train of NATO’s allied forces. It will likely be held from November ninth to November eleventh. Through the train, for the primary time in historical past, a reside firing of cruise missiles launched from a typical navy cargo airplane will probably be demonstrated.

Standard US cargo plane will fire cruise missiles on November 9
Photograph credit score: YouTube

The system is known as Fast Dragon and was developed by the American firm Lockheed Martin and its division Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fireplace Management. It is a utterly new missile system, designed in 2020 and entered service in 2021. Presently, the one operator is the US Military.

About Fast Dragon

Fast Dragon palletized missile system, which throughout a mission is lowered from the cargo compartment of the plane. It consists of deployment bins. This deployment field is loaded most frequently with cruise missiles. He’s descending with a parachute. Through the fall to earth, the deployment field releases the cruise missiles. The discharge of the cruise missiles can observe two strategies: gradual launch of every missile one by one, or all missiles might be launched concurrently. Every cruise missile deploys its wings and ignites its propulsion motor. Adopted by provoke/pull-up and seize/climb to cruise.

The missiles might be managed from a distant command submit. That is carried out by routing the knowledge via an included interface within the deployment field. I.e. the seeker of the cruise missile can prematurely direct the weapon to the set goal, or at a sure second, the course might be modified, by the motion of an operator.

A palletized missile system carries between 4 and 45 cruise missiles relying on its modification. The system might be launched from C-130 or C-17 cargo plane. Thus, the US Military transformed the 2 cargo planes into bombers.

It’s not towards Russia

The producer says that each single Fast Dragon system works with each identified cruise missile. It may possibly assault land and sea targets concurrently. Specialists name the Fast Dragon an impressive achievement due to its mobility. I.e. The US can present rapid air help to any NATO member utilizing cargo plane.

Standard US cargo plane will fire cruise missiles on November 9
Photograph credit score: Wikipedia

Nevertheless, what missiles will probably be launched between November 9 and November 11, by the US Military doesn’t share. Till now, the US navy has carried out solely stand-alone exams. Most frequently in these exams, the long-range JASSM missiles had been fired from the Fast Dragon, attaining a goal hit of 925 km.

The selection of the coasts of Northern Norway shouldn’t be unintended. On this a part of the globe, Russia has deployed its S-300 and S-400 anti-aircraft missile methods. They’re positioned alongside the coast of the Kola Peninsula to guard strategically vital submarine bases. Regardless of this info, US Military Capt. Margaret Collins, who will participate within the train, mentioned using Fast Dragon was not geared toward Russia “or any adversary”.


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