Kh-38

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Kh-38
Kh-38 in maks2009.jpg
Kh-38ME
TypeTactical air-to-surface missile
Place of originRussia
Service history
In service2012
Used byRussia
WarsSyrian Civil War[1][2]
Production history
DesignerTactical Missiles Corporation JSC
Designed2007
ManufacturerTactical Missiles Corporation JSC
Produced2013
Specifications
Mass520 kg (1,150 lb)
Length4.2 m (13 ft 9 in)
Diameter0.31 m (12.2 in)
WarheadHE fragmentation, cluster warhead, armor-piercing
Warhead weightup to 250 kg (551 lb)
Detonation
mechanism
Contact fuse

EngineSolid rocket motor
Wingspan1.14 m (44.9 in)
Operational
range
up to 40 km (21.6 nmi)
SpeedMach 2.2
Guidance
system
Laser, active radar, IR, satellite, depending on variant
Launch
platform
Kh-38: Su-34, Su-57, Mig-29M2, Ka-52K Kh-36: MiG-35

The Kh-38/Kh-38M (Russian: Х-38) is a family of air-to-surface missiles meant to succeed the Kh-25 family of missiles.

Design[edit]

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The basic configuration of the Kh-38M was revealed at the 2007 Moscow Air Show (MAKS). The modular guided air-to-surface missile is meant to succeed the venerable Kh-25 missile family. The missile is designed to be carried by the fifth-generation Sukhoi Su-57 fighter aircraft. The first prototypes of the missile had initially folding wings and tail fins for internal carriage, and would have a variety of seeker heads for different variants.[3] In a successive version, unveiled at MAKS 2017, both control surfaces were replaced by longer and narrower fixed ones, a solution similar to the one used in the Selenia Aspide missile. [4]

Variants[edit]

  • Kh-38MAE - inertial, active radar homing
  • Kh-38MKE - inertial, satellite guidance
  • Kh-38MLE - inertial, laser guidance
  • Kh-38MTE - inertial, infrared guidance
  • Kh-36 Grom-1 AS-23 tactical cruise missile derivative/ AGM Air to Surface with 130–260 km range
    • Kh-36P Grom-2 AS-23B / KAB- guided bomb gliding LGB version, 250 and 500 kg, various aim guidance, both created on the base of Kh-38M short-range tactical missile and also have a modular structure, warheads and seekers. First seen at MAKS 2015, intended to equip the MiG-35 fighter.
  • Kh-38M2 improvement of Kh-38M, optoelectronic IR UV (CCD also ?) sensors [5] [6]

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