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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1992
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: AS-18 Kazoo and Ovod-ME
Origin: Russia
Corporations: Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV)
Parent System: Kh-59
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1982
Total Production: ?
Family Members: Kh-59, Kh-59MK and Kh-59MK2
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Description: The Kh-59 is a standoff, air-launched, air-to-surface weapon designed to engage ground and surface targets with pinpoint accuracy in optimal weather conditions. Its guidance system consists of an automatic navigation and control system which takes the weapon to the target's area. A nose-mounted TV-sensor relays target area imagery to the launch airborne platform and the pilot selects the impact point. A bi-directional data link allows the pilot to select the impact point and re-target with the missile already in flight. The Kh-59 was introduced as the the Soviet counterpart to US SLAM standoff missile in the 1980s.

The Kh-59ME is an improved version of the Kh-59 standoff missile and was introduced in the early 1990s. It features two larger fragmentation and penetration warheads, minor airframe changes, and a new propulsion system for extended range. The missile can fly at altitudes between 7 and 1,000 meters. The nose-mounted TV-sensor relays target area imagery to the launch airborne platform and the pilot selects the impact point using the aircraft-mounted APK-9ME pod. The Kh-59ME improved standoff weapon has been integrated on Russian tactical attack aircraft such as the Mig-27 and Su-24.

Kh-59ME Applications

Combat Aircraft Su-30MK Su-30MKI Su-34

Kh-59ME Specifications

Diameter: 380 millimeter (15.0 inch)
Length: 5.70 meter (224 inch)
Wingspan: 1.30 meter
CEP: 3 meter
Max Cruising Flight Altitude: 1,000 meter (3,281 foot)
Max Launch Altitude: 1,500 meter
Max Range: 115 kilometer (62 nautical mile)
Min Cruising Flight Altitude: 50 meter
Min Launch Altitude: 200 meter
Sea-Skimming Flight Altitude: 7 meter
Max Launch Airspeed: 1,100 kph (0.92 mach)
Min Launch Airspeed: 600 kph (0.50 mach)
Top Speed: 0.88 mach (1,052 kph)
Warhead: 320 kilogram (705 pound)
Weight: 930 kilogram (2,050 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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