|My third/fourth starter about Kolchuga;)
Some time ago I read that S-400 SAM system has been integrated with Kolchuga passive "radar" system. The Russian sources state that Kolchuga is used to guide 40N6 missiles. I have been wondering why it is just 40N6 as the S-400 is fully integrated to use different kinds of missiles and I have come up with one explanation why it is only 40N6 missile that is used with Kolchuga. (40N6 is the missile that is said to be the "AWACS-killer" or "Stealth-killer" with its 400 km range).
If the 40N6 has two seekers or dual mode seeker, it could be really deadly weapon. My idea idea about it goes as following:The Kolchuga which is passive set gets the estimated coordinates of target, the missile is launched towards the target which is not lit by any radar. But when the missile which gets updates from Kolchuga is close enough, it will activate its active radar and suddenly the target is engaged with precise weapon. In my opinion this could explain why only 40N6 is said to be used with Kolchuga while other, also quite concincing missiles arent.. and why it could be really potent and dangerous SAM, even against stealthy aircraft. With this kind of explanation we do not need any miraculous improvements on Kolchuga´s capabilities to get exact coordinates of targets location.
And has anyone seen S-2 lately?