Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Missile Marine Corps celebrates the first "aerial insertion" of an unmanned aircraft?

1stmaw_marines : U.S. Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 3 attach an RQ-21 Blackjack system, belonging to Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3, to an MV-22 Osprey, from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 268, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii for an aerial insertion exercise, Aug. 5, 2020. This expeditionary training event was the first aerial insertion of an RQ-21 system via MV-22 Osprey and showcased the composite assault support capabilities of Marine Aircraft Group 24. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Jacob Wilson and Eric Tso)

I know Berger considers this a big deal but I just can't get excited about it. A small, poor performing UAV being forward deployed by MV-22?  I don't get the combat multiplier he's claiming.  It'll last how long in peer combat?  10 minutes max?  What exactly is this concept suppose to accomplish?  How are a few scattered missiles suppose to help when a single Burke can carry almost 100 in its magazine?  How many will the Missile Marines be able to deploy?  If it's equal to a single Burke I'll be impressed...but then you have to consider signature, enemy ISR capabilities etc.  Missile Marine units will be found, fixed and destroyed at the pleasure of the enemy.  If they aren't destroyed then they'll simply be bypassed.  This concept 2030 is a fraud.

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