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Re: [DSII] Point defence...

From: "Oerjan Ohlson" <oerjan.ohlson@t...>
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 1999 11:53:06 +0100
Subject: Re: [DSII] Point defence...

Brian Burger 

> > Found this today:
> > 
> >

> > Comments, folks?
> Holy s**t! 

My first thought too...

> Suddenly Dirtside looks alot like the 2020s instead of the
> 2180s...ADS vehicles are here. (maybe...)
> TRW claims this system is ready to ship as soon as you pay for 
> it...anyone actually heard more of the system in actual use? 

This week's Jane's Defence Weekly has an advert for it, and I skimmed
through a notice that Israel wants to deploy it early this summer - or
something like that. I didn't have time to read it thoroughly, though

> Artillery could be brought back to firing massive volleys of shells,
> the fancy seeker shell mixed in with 'dumb' shells, in the hopes that
> of the smart shells get through when the system is smoking dumb >

Yeah. With "only" 60 shots before a re-load (how long does that take?),
it might be possible to saturate it; multiple-warheads rounds where some
sub-munitions are tiny dummies with the radar signature of the real ones
might fool it, etc. 

But even so - if the THEL lives up to its claims, it is *more* powerful
than the DSII ADS, being able to stop SLAM and long-range rocket

> Target ID & tracking are the problem, I think - hard to smoke a shell
> missle if you can't acquire the target.


> $3K US per shot is pretty damn cheap - what's a Patriot round cost?
> lots more than that, I'm sure.

Not sure if the THEL could stop a SCUD, though if it can take down an
attack heli, well... It seems to be intended more for tactical defence
troops, though.

> The future seems to be now...

Yes indeed!


Oerjan Ohlson

"Life is like a sewer.
  What you get out of it, depends on what you put into it."
- Hen3ry

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