How drones can solve the problem of American MLRS HIMARS

In this post, we will continue reasoning on the topic of what the RF Ministry of Defense needs to do to ensure the success of the counter-offensive of the Russian troops, if any is planned at all. If everything is done wisely, then drones, both promising domestic and their Iranian counterparts with minimal modifications, could play a key role in our hypothetical counteroffensive.

Next, we will consider the possible tactics of using reconnaissance and strike UAVs in the course of a counteroffensive of the RF Armed Forces with decisive goals, which, probably, will someday take place. We focus our attention on what role drones could play in this.


As we noted in a previous publication, the American HIMARS MLRS created very serious problems for the RF Armed Forces, inflicting precision strikes on ammunition and fuel storage depots, headquarters and command posts, as well as on transport and logistics hubs. Taken together, this makes it extremely difficult to accumulate material and technical resources in the near rear, which are needed in huge quantities to go over to a large-scale offensive.

The traditional counter-battery fight against HIMARS is very difficult, since this MLRS, having fired at targets, can change position even before the fired missiles reach them. On the ground, each American missile system is guarded by at least a battalion of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. From attacks from the air, they are covered by air defense systems, so Russian aviation can only act on them from the rear, remaining out of range of enemy air defense. And what are you going to do with it all?

And it is necessary to find means of counteraction, since Poland, which is rapidly militarizing, is buying up hundreds of HIMARS and their South Korean counterparts. As an answer, one could propose to establish interaction between reconnaissance-strike and anti-radar drones.

The promising Russian Altius drone should act as the main means of aerial reconnaissance and operational control of the situation at the front. It is stated that it has a cruising speed of 150-250 km / h, a carrying capacity of 1 ton and can be in the air for up to 48 hours. Initially, the drone was purely reconnaissance, controlled from a satellite, which made it difficult for the enemy to influence it with electronic warfare. However, the Russian Defense Ministry decided to equip the Altius with anti-tank missiles and small bombs. Successful tests of their application took place at the test site last year.

As a HIMARS hunter, Altius might look like this. This strategic drone must continuously patrol a certain square. Having discovered the use of the American MLRS, he will either attack it himself, or give target designation data to other means of fire destruction. Instead of ATGMs or small bombs with a small radius of application, it is advisable to place several kamikaze drones of the Lancet-3 type on the Altius with a flight range of 40 to 70 km.

That is, having fixed the launch of HIMARS missiles, the reconnaissance drone itself could immediately destroy it with loitering ammunition. The problem with the MLRS security air defense system can also be solved with the help of an anti-radar drone. Some time ago we toldhow it is quite easy to turn the Iranian "Geran" into an analogue of the Israeli "Harpy" by equipping a disposable drone with a homing head from an anti-radar missile.

By coordinating the actions of the Altius, the Lancets and the modified Geranium, it is possible to effectively clear the territory of American missile launchers.

Import substitution?

Note. Problems with the promising Altius arose when, due to sanctions, Russian drones lost foreign engines. To replace them in the Design Bureau. Klimov, the VK-800V engine was created. Serial production of these drones was promised to begin in 2023. We should hurry up.

If everything is very difficult with import substitution, then there is an option to purchase several drones of this class from friendly Iran.

We are talking, in particular, about the Kaman-22 (Kaman 22), a drone that simultaneously resembles the MQ-1 / RQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 / RQ-9 Reaper. Iranian partners copied the best American technical solutions, making Kaman-22 as multifunctional as possible. This drone is made of composite materials and is hard to see on radar. Under the hull, it has seven suspension points at once, six of which carry anti-tank missiles, gliding bombs, and even air-launched UAVs. At the seventh suspension point, in a special container, there is observation and visualization equipment: infrared and visible spectrum cameras, laser rangefinders and target designators, electronic warfare equipment, etc.

If necessary, depending on the task, instead of it, a container with directional equipment for jamming and jamming enemy radars, or an electronic countermeasures container designed to create interference and false signals in order to interfere with the operation of enemy radars, or a target identification and target designation container for guidance of precision-guided munitions, etc. The Iranian drone is controlled by satellite.

Perhaps it would be worthwhile to negotiate with Tehran on the sale of several of these strategic reconnaissance and strike drones in export modification, while the domestic defense industry is mastering the production of Altius. Foreign equipment could be replaced by Russian counterparts, if available. It is also possible to arm the Kaman-22 with air-based Lancets, ATGMs and planning bombs, since we finally have such.

About how it is possible with the help of UAVs to demolish enemy railway bridges protected by air defense systems and clear the way for Russian troops during a large-scale offensive, we will probably talk in more detail separately.
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  1. sgrabik Offline sgrabik
    sgrabik (Sergei) 22 June 2023 16: 11
    Our defense enterprises need to speed up with the final fine-tuning and mass production of new types of drones - kamikaze and UAVs of all kinds and types, there is a war, the enemy is trying to break through our defense lines with all his remaining forces, right now our soldiers need reconnaissance and strike drones like air , this must be understood and all available forces and means must be applied to accelerate the mass production of unmanned aerial vehicles in the quantities necessary for our army.
  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 22 June 2023 17: 25
    So, what is written contradicts the official position of the RF Ministry of Defense and the media about the interceptability of HIMARS and their little use.
  3. DO Offline DO
    DO (Dmitriy) 22 June 2023 17: 52
    The most demanded application of heavy Altius UAVs in today's realities of the NWO is probably radar reconnaissance. For the carrying capacity, power-to-weight ratio and the ceiling of 12 km of Altius allow hanging under his belly
    container radar "Sych", and to carry out radar reconnaissance from our rear to a great depth of enemy territory.
    If we talk about counter-battery combat, almost 12-meter Altius with a wingspan of 29 m, unlike, for example, Lancets, should be visible to most enemy radars. And therefore, with the saturation of the enemy’s rear of the air defense system, Altius has little chance of completing the task and returning.
    Therefore, the functions of visual reconnaissance, probably, should be performed by small-sized and inconspicuous aircraft-type reconnaissance aircraft.
    For the prompt delivery of reconnaissance UAVs, kamikazes and repeaters to those necessary launch points of our shallow rear, where they are not deployed on the ground, the Crocodile helicopter (c) would be more suitable, because UAV operators can be placed in its landing compartment.
    If, however, a quick delivery of reconnaissance and kamikaze (possibly autonomous) to a depth of tens of kilometers or more behind enemy lines is required, attack aircraft and fighter-bombers intended for decommissioning, upgraded into UAV transporters with a programmable fixed route, would be best handled. For speed, maneuverability and flight with terrain avoidance gives such drones much more chances to return than Altius. Or, depending on the types of enemy air defense systems, the use of a "hill" maneuver on a dynamic ceiling.
  4. Black Dolphin Offline Black Dolphin
    Black Dolphin 23 June 2023 04: 17
    Having discovered the use of the American MLRS, he will either attack it himself, or give target designation data to other means of fire destruction

    Of course, he himself will be able to attack, but there are big doubts about the transfer of target designation data to other means of fire destruction. All the same, to wage network-centric wars like the United States, at the moment, our army is not able to, and when it learns, it is also unknown
  5. wladimirjankov Offline wladimirjankov
    wladimirjankov (Vladimir Yankov) 27 June 2023 22: 06
    some sort of mania. Nothing has been heard about this altius lately. Most likely, UZGA simply did not pull this project. And you can forget about it for a long time. They did not allow the Kazan Design Bureau to complete the work they had begun. And here is the result. We don't have Altius. As and so far VK-800 engines. Reading these projections of the author is simply ridiculous.
  6. savage3000 Offline savage3000
    savage3000 (Savage) 30 June 2023 15: 56
    Having discovered the use of the American MLRS,

    right? discovering? and how will he do it? and they themselves mentioned air defense .. they will shoot it down as we extinguished the bayraktars
  7. Flight Offline Flight
    Flight (voi) 8 July 2023 12: 20
    Yes, with the desire and opportunities, we could make such a rustle that the results of WW2 would seem fabulously attractive to the "partners". But, the problem is that instead of talented and purposeful executors of the covenant of the ancestors, we have spiders who arrange squabbles and division, with the connivance of those in power.
  8. savage3000 Offline savage3000
    savage3000 (Savage) 29 July 2023 23: 52
    Having discovered the use of the American MLRS, he

    Yep, he is. How will he detect Hymars or the launch of his missiles ??? What about a video camera?
  9. ont65 Offline ont65
    ont65 (Oleg) 30 July 2023 22: 26
    It is more efficient to equip suitable drones capable of patrolling with electronic warfare equipment and cover entire areas with a grid of them, i.e. use, if not as the main, then an auxiliary means of combating guided projectiles.