The American grou-nd forces will hold the next stage of ex-ercises within the framework of the promising C-onvergence project – the Pentagon plans to link m-anned and unmanned aircraft, reconnaissance ass-ets, ground units and warships into a single netw-ork. Thousands of participants in the operation will be able to exchange information in a matter of seconds. As a result, the US hopes to achieve superiority over the armies of Ru-ssia and China. About the features of the program – in the material RIA Nov-osti.
A bet on intelligence
The main goal of the “Convergence” is the massive use of the most autonomous complexes in battle, which will independently detect targets and decide when to destroy them. This concept was first tested a year ago at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. Then they tested more than three dozen promising technologies.
For example, an aerial drone itself spotted and recognized a T-72 tank on the battlefield. However, the distance to the target turned out to be too great for a strike from the UAV, so the device downloaded and transmitted the coordinates through the tactical network to the command post. The operator approved the conclusions of the vehicle, and the target was destroyed by artillery. In 2020, mainly scientists, engineers and programmers participated in the tests, now the military will take over. From October 12 to November 10, about seven thousand people will be involved in the exercises, including 900 specialists responsible for collecting and analyzing information. Another important feature is the expanded composition of the group: pilots, sailors and marines will join the ground units.
In addition, if last year only the reliability and operability of the system components were checked, then this fall the equipment will be checked in conditi-ons close to combat. Acco-rding to the legend of the e-xercises, the Americans are opposed by an enemy close in strength – today only the Russian and Chinese armi-es can be attributed to such.
The Pentagon will work out several scenarios. First, it is planned to use reconnaissance UAVs, satellites in low orbit, electronic rec-onnaissance and special forces – in short, everything that will give the command up-to-date information abo-ut the place of the upcoming operation. The second stage is devoted to repelling an enemy missile strike wi-th an in-depth air defense system. Then the combined forces counterattack the enemy positions with precision weapons, unmanned a-nd manned aircraft, ship complexes, as well as pinpoint strikes by special forces.
After this stage, the military will work out the supply of troops using robotic means. In particular, the planes will be refueled in the air from MQ-25 drones. Next, they will re-reconnaissance of the battlefield and the positions of the conditional enemy – this time with the help of fully autonomous unmanned platforms that will detect and identify training targets. Paratroopers with the Integrated Visual Augme-ntation System (IVAS) will be connected. These are sp-ecial glasses, on the glasses of which actual information is displayed in real time. Finally, attack drones will destroy a ground target without human intervention. The full list of technical innovations is classified. It is known that a prototype of a promising short-range air defense system, firing a beam of directed energy, is being tested for the first time in the field. In addition, F-35 fighters and B-1 bombers, ships with SM-6 interceptor missiles, as well as wheeled and tracked vehicles with remote control will be used.
“The Army has learned to receive much more information about the combat situation,” Brigadier Gene-ral John Rafferty told repo-rters. “More importantly, we have significantly incre-ased the speed of information exchange between combatants. means with strike complexes, and will also provide reliable communication between servicemen at all levels. “
According to him, during the exercise, the troops will look for the most effective ways to break through the Anti-Access / Area Denial (A2/AD). This is how the Pentagon calls the enemy’s territory, reliably covered by a powerful air defense system, anti-ship missiles, coastal and operational-tactical strike complexes, and electronic warfare.
NATO believes that in the event of a collision, the aviation and navy will suffer extremely high losses here. The newly created Multi-Domain Task Force (MD-TF) will have to break through the defenses. Their composition and number depend on the scale of the combat operation and the characteristics of the theater of operations. The main striking f-orce is multiple launch ro-cket systems, high-precisi-on missiles and, in the fu-ture, hypersonic weapons. MDTF are the most technically equipped units of the US Army, so they are the ones who will test the latest American defense products.
Also, the 82nd Airbo-rne Division will be invol-ved in the upcoming mane-uvers. It is noteworthy that the USA includes a significant part of the coastline of Ch-ina and the Kaliningrad re-gion of Russia as A2 / AD. According to Western military experts, the Iska-nder operational-tactical c-omplexes deployed near Kali-ningrad in conjunction with the S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems and the B-asti-on anti-ship coastal c-omplexes will reliably protect the enclave from any attack.