Kh-59MK2  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2016
Total Production: ?
Origin: Russia
Corporations: Raduga JSC and Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV)*   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: Kh-59
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1982
Total Production: ?
Family Members: Kh-59, Kh-59ME and Kh-59MK
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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-59MK2 is a stealth air-launched, fire-and-forget, highly subsonic cruise missile featuring an improved engine which provides a maximum range in excess of 290 kilometers. Its guidance system combines automatic inertial navigation and terrain recognition with one or more target's area pre-programmed in the flying mission. It is intended to destroy a wide range of stationary targets with no radar or infrared signatures as well as troops and equipment placed in a wide area. The engine is placed inside the main body making the weapon more compact and favoring its stealth profile. The existence of the stealth Kh-59Mk2 cruise missile developed by Raduga, part of Tactical Missiles Corporation, was revealed in October 2015.

The Kh-59MK2 cruise missile can be released from altitudes between 200 meters and 11 kilometers. The missile is lighter than the Kh-59Mk, features angular, compact airframe and stealth coating to minimize its radar signature and folded wings to fit into inner weapons bays. It is capable of engaging ground targets in adverse weather conditions, day/night. The missile's maximum range is 290 kilometers but the Russian Air Force variant maximum range may exceed that figure. The Kh-59MK2 missile flies at altitudes between 50 and 300 meters with a circular error probable (CEP) of 3 meters. It can be armed with either a blast fragmentation or a cluster munitions warhead depending of the target.

Kh-59MK2 Applications


Combat Aircraft PAK DA Su-30MK2 Su-30MKI Su-34 Su-50

Kh-59MK2 Specifications

Dimensions
Diameter: 400 millimeter (15.7 inch)
Length: 4.20 meter (165 inch)
Wingspan: 1.30 meter
Performance
CEP: 3 meter
Max Launch Altitude: 11,000 meter
Max Range: 290 kilometer (157 nautical mile)
Min Launch Altitude: 200 meter
Speed
Cruise Speed: 900 kph (0.75 mach)
Top Speed: 1,000 kph (0.84 mach)
Weight
Warhead: 310 kilogram (683 pound)
Weight: 770 kilogram (1,698 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Kh-59MK2 News

There is 1 news
on 21 Aug 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009Russian Air Force and Tactical Missiles Corporation Sign Contract for Air-Launched Missiles

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