The weapon used for this particular mission is the RB-15F. It’s a fire and forget missile with a range of 70km so I can stand off and keep out of range of the ships surface to air missiles.
The Viggen is a sophisticated aircraft. It is incredibly advanced when you consider it’s age. It joins the analog age to the digital age seamlessly. You have a computer where you punch in codes to set up the parameters for the missile. There are as many as 30 different codes just for the RB-15F and much more for other weapon systems. It seems complicated at first but with a little practice, you begin to see the genius in its simplicity.
The Naval Strike mission has to be one of the hardest and most dangerous to execute. This wonderful write up on the doctrine of such an attack is a fantastic read and clearly shows how hard it is to take on. You have to swarm the ships defense systems to such an extent that it overwhelms it in the hope that a weapon gets through.
Today I am practicing an attack in just a 2 ship formations so I’m not holding out on getting any hits but want to be able to complete the attack phase without getting shot down.
We line up and wait for a cold early morning start. Fully loaded with 2 RB-15F’s.
After takeoff, gear up and wait for the ground radar to kick in and stabilize.
Once over the sea, we lower our altitude in an effort to avoid the ship’s radar and start to increase speed. Setting up the radar and inputting the codes for the missile.
We detect the ships on our radar. After setting up some attack waypoints, safety off, and fire. Time to turn and get the hell out of there.
The missiles reduces altitude at a set point and starts to search with its own radar.
The Russians ships defense system obliterates the missiles with just seconds from impact.
The Russian fleet sails on. I go home. A successful training mission.