‘We have to have some kind of a solution’: New research suggests the military needs a ‘super-sprinkling’ of the same components on its warplanes to counter enemy attacks
A new study suggests that the U.S. military has to be willing to build more super-sprinkle systems to defeat potential enemy attack.
In the report published Thursday by the U,S.
Department of Defense, the Pentagon says it has to make “a concerted effort” to develop “a more efficient, scalable and cost-effective super-spark system” that will “enhance the survivability of the warfighter.”
The study, titled “Super Sprinkler: A Strategic Assessment of the Strategic Capability to Defeat Counter-ISV and Anti-Satellite Threats,” calls for an “enhanced” super-snowball-like particle design to counter incoming anti-satellite rockets.
The Pentagon says the super-particle design could be deployed in a number of ways, including a snowball-type system that uses a “smart foam” to absorb the kinetic energy of incoming rockets.
It also suggests a “sprinkled” super system with “smart sprinklers” to protect the aircrafts wings from incoming incoming rockets and to reduce drag.
The report does not say if the U will deploy this type of super system on its combat aircrafts or whether it will include the ability to deploy it remotely from ground.
It does suggest the U is considering the possibility of deploying a more conventional “super sprinkler” in the future, which could be used to counter “large-scale” rocket attacks.
“While the potential uses of this system are numerous, it is important to note that a more effective super-synthetic particle may not be sufficient to defeat the kinetic threat, especially if an adversary can modify the particle and/or use a non-standard particle to increase its lethality,” the report says.
“A more efficient and scalable system would also be more effective and likely to achieve the desired results with less risk.”
The report was authored by U.K.-based consultant Michael Pardue, and it says the system could be designed in a way that makes it easier to deploy, deploy remotely, and to provide a “precise and targeted” anti-missile response to an incoming rocket.
Pardue said in a statement the U needs a “super-sprint” of its own to defeat any potential threat.
“In the next two decades, the US. and other advanced countries must develop a super-heavy-lift vehicle that can reach speeds approaching Mach 2,” Pardues report says, adding that this would include “a new generation of high-strength materials that will increase the performance of the vehicle in the long term and allow it to travel long distances.”
“These materials would be ideal for building super-speedways and other large-scale aircraft systems, but it will be critical to have a robust, cost-efficient and safe system of super-scissor wings that can withstand the high velocity needed to fly them,” the authors say.