This is coolbert:
"A Rube Goldberg machine, named after American cartoonist Rube Goldberg, is a chain reaction-type machine or contraption intentionally designed to perform a simple task in an indirect and (impractically) overly complicated way. Usually, these machines consist of a series of simple unrelated devices; the action of each triggers the initiation of the next, eventually resulting in achieving a stated goal."
The performance of the Russian Air force [VKS] during the Ukraine Conflict has been lacking? A development if true most surprising?
As has been speculated the VKS lacking that requisite of precision-guided munitions to make a significant and meaningful contribution to the Russian war effort?
HEY! The Russian NOT needing precision-guided munitions! VKS warplanes as reported when equipped with the SVP-24 specialized computing system able to achieve bombing accuracy and obliteration of targets with amazing preciseness and precision only hitherto associated with precision-guided munitions.
Further from "The Saker":
"The pace and effectiveness of the Russian Air Force [during the Syrian campaign] has the western military experts in shock. Not only are the number of sorties per day about 3 times as much as a US or NATO country could achieve, but the Russian airstrikes are amazingly accurate even though the Russians are flying at over 5,000 meters [about 15,000 feet] above ground, well out of reach of man portable air defense systems (MANPADS). They are even flying at night and in bad weather . . . So what is the deal here? How did the Russians achieve these apparently quasi-miraculous results?"
Introducing the SVP-24:
"SVP stands for: 'special computing subsystem'. What this system does is that it constantly compares the position of the aircraft and the target (using the GLONASS satellite navigation system), it measures the environmental parameters (pressure, humidity, windspeed, speed, angle of attack, etc.). It can also receive additional information from datalinks from AWACs aircraft, ground stations, and other aircraft. The SVP-24 then computes an 'envelope' (speed, altitude, course) inside which the dumb bombs are automatically released exactly at the precise moment when their unguided flight will bring them right over the target (with a 3-5 meter accuracy)."
"In practical terms this means that every 30+ year old Russian 'dumb' bomb can now be delivered by a 30+ year old Russian aircraft with the same precision as a brand new guided bomb delivered by a top of the line modern bomber."
INDEED this "special computing subsystem" does to me have the appearance of a Rube Goldberg type of apparatus and that was my instantaneous thought at the time. SVP-24 was typical Russian "Potemkin Village" type stuff?
But consider further:
"Only Su-24 [Fencer] is fitted with SVP-24 targeting system. This is why Russia uses Soviet era Su-24 in Ukraine and Syria." [courtesy once more the Global Defense Corp.]
Not enough Su-24 to go around and NOW you have the REST of the story!