In the US, they are working on the creation of a fundamentally new rocket

The development of fundamentally new missiles has begun in the United States. The project was called "Mutant", and it is based on the design of ammunition with a nose rotating on hinges relative to the rocket body. Such a decision will allow, according to the developers, to increase the range of the missile and the accuracy of hitting the target.

The Drive writes that a fundamentally new ammunition is being designed for future fighters sixth generation. The innovative solution will effectively counter the increasingly maneuverable combat aircraft and drones of a potential enemy. At the moment, the concept of a rocket with a flexible nose has been developed, but there are difficulties with the selection of materials for creating hinges.

To be effective in air-to-air missile applications, the articulated structure must withstand the high temperatures and other stresses associated with high-speed flight. In addition, the entire front of the weapon must be able to withstand the impact of a rapid change in flight direction. The project will culminate in the dual articulation and control of not only the nose, but also the rear fenders when maneuvering.

- writes The Drive.

The Mutant project, according to the US Air Force, will change the idea of ​​\u35b\u2024bair-to-air missiles. The articulated nose can not only help increase the missile's maneuverability, but also better focus the power of the warhead. According to The Drive, some elements of the future conceptually new rocket have already passed ground tests. The principle of operation of the hinge mechanism is in many ways similar to the thrust vectoring system on the F-XNUMXB VTOL fighter. The completion of design and testing work is scheduled for the end of XNUMX.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 10 March 2023 16: 40
    IMHO, the deflected nose was used on a number of aircraft for greater efficiency, as on the Tu144.
    And super-maneuverability for parades is good, but at supersonic speed during sharp maneuvers it will simply destroy the car, they wrote
    And already existing missiles, they wrote, are 2-3 times superior to aircraft in sharpness of maneuver
  2. boriz Offline boriz
    boriz (boriz) 10 March 2023 17: 05
    IMHO, it does not justify itself. The speed of the hinge will be lower than that of the rudders, aerodynamic or jet.
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 10 March 2023 23: 38
      You are right, the novelty will not justify the hopes, therefore the advertising has gone. (It is especially beautiful on cartoons, in practice, distances by many orders of magnitude, at speeds of several M, turns of directed nose explosions will not give tangible results. In terms of quality innovations, silence is always.
      1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 12 March 2023 12: 54
        Addendum. If the detonation of the warhead is right on course, then the wave of fragments has a damaging function in place in space. When the explosion is at an angle, a time variable is added, because the explosion does not produce a cloud of hitters (as they draw on the cartoon), but a wave of a certain depth, which must coincide in time and space with the target. Conclusion: undermining at an angle to the target's trajectory at high speeds reduces the likelihood of hitting the target.
  3. calligrapher Lev_Nikolaevich (Dmitriy) 10 March 2023 17: 50
    If the displacement of the head fairing is within a few degrees, then at high speeds this will probably be enough for maneuvering.
    The main advantage of this design is probably that the missile will not have protruding rudders, and the drive for maneuvering will be one, and possibly electromagnetic, with a choice of 360 degrees. Indeed, to change the direction of flight, you do not need to fly with a beveled nose, it is enough for them to simply move in the right direction. At the final stage of the flight, just before the explosion, a larger deviation is possible, but how to combine the forward ejection of damaging elements while holding the fuel and lubricants target? And the illustration for the article looks wild, and the video seems to be for burger eaters.
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  5. Zenn Offline Zenn
    Zenn (Andrei) 11 March 2023 10: 34
    The idea does at least two things. DAPRA will ask for the development of the budget, and even for cutting the US budget ahead of the rest of the planet. And since there are no results yet with hypersound, it is necessary to divert the attention of Russia and China to the new crazy SDI.
  6. isofat Offline isofat
    isofat (isofat) 11 March 2023 13: 51
    A certain body with its inherent way of movement was invented to be called a rocket. Now in the USA they want to keep the old name, the rocket, and fundamentally update everything else. Oh, they are fooling our brother, oh they are fooling ... laughing
  7. Art Pilot Offline Art Pilot
    Art Pilot (pilot) 11 March 2023 15: 35
    She can also fly sideways.
  8. blackcat190463 Offline blackcat190463
    blackcat190463 (Yuri) 11 March 2023 15: 36
    Articulations and hypersound are not very compatible, but let them try, there is a lot of money, which you can’t cut laughing
  9. Farit Gafiyatullin (Farhad Ga...lin) 13 March 2023 15: 18
    An anti-system has already been developed. The principle is the impact on the head within the framework of electronic warfare in such a way that the hinge is triggered and deploys the rocket in a new direction. It remains to turn on the countdown and have time to say something like "Hey, where are you?!"