CITEFA AS-25K

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The AS-25K is an Argentine air-to-surface missile (ASM) under development by the CITEFA (Instituto de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de las FFAA - Armed Forces Scientific and Technical Research Institute) in two versions: air-sea and air-land. The main user is the COAN (COmando Aviación Naval - Naval Aviation Command) of the Argentine Navy.

It is propelled by a booster rocket and a solid propergol sustainer rocket, with a range of 25 km at a speed of Mach-2. Its total weight is less than 240 kg, and its warhead is composed by approximately 60 kg of Hexolite 50.50.

Variants[edit]

Four variants are being considered, differing basically in the guidance system:

  • AS-25K-RC - Radio Commanded
  • AS-25K-IR - Passive Infra-Red
  • AS-25K-LS - Laser
  • AS-25K-TV - Television

It has been reported that the IR version is already developed and ready for testing. Work is being done in a laser guidance system for the LS version. Research for the TV version is being commenced.

Relation with Martin Pescador[edit]

The AS-25K is a development of the Martin Pescador MP-1000 Argentine air-to-surface missile, currently in use also by the Argentine Navy. The main differences are:

  • Enhanced speed and range (thanks to the booster acceleration)
  • Improved guidance on height/range and azimuth (the MP-1000 can only be guided in height/range)
  • Fire-and-forget guidance system (thanks to the IR seeker, the MP-1000 has only manual radioelectric guidance).
  • Greater range (estimated at 25 km, that's why the "25K" missile denomination).

Technical specifications[edit]

  • Type: Anti-ship missile
  • Manufacturer: CITEFA
  • Diameter: ? cm (? in)
  • Length: ? m (? in)
  • Wingspan: ? cm (? in)
  • Standard warhead weight: 60 kg (132.3 lb)
  • Warhead type: ?
  • Maximum range: 25 km (15.55 mi)
  • Guidance: IR or TV

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