Developed in the 1970s, the S-8 is an 80 mm (3.1 in) rocket used by fighter bombers and helicopters. The system entered service in 1984 and is produced in a variety of subtypes with different warheads, including HEAT anti-armor, high-explosive fragmentation, smoke, and incendiary, as well as the specialized S-8BM runway-destroying munition and the S-8DM fuel-air explosive variants. Each rocket is between 1.5 meters (4 ft 11 in) and 1.7 meters (5 ft 7 in) long and weighs between 11.3 kg (25 lb) and 15.2 kg (33.5 lb), depending on warhead and fuse. Range is 2 to 4 kilometers (1.3 to 2.6 mi).
The S-8 is generally carried in the B series of rocket pods, carrying either seven or 20 rockets.
In 2018, the Russian Aerospace Forces took delivery of several batches of the S-8OFP for trials, successor to the S-8. While both rockets are unguided, the S-8OFP has greater range, a heavier warhead, and a digital fuse.
|Designation||Type||Length overall||Launch weight||Warhead weight||Range||Notes|
|S-8KO||HEAT||1.57 m||11.3 kg||3.6 kg
(0.9 kg of explosive)
|1.3 to 4 km||400 mm versus RHA|
|S-8KOM||HEAT||1.57 m||11.3 kg||3.6 kg
(0.9 kg of explosive)
|1.3 to 4 km||400 mm versus RHA. Velocity 610 m/s|
|S-8B||Penetrating||1.5 m||15.2 kg||7.41 kg (0.6 kg of explosive)||1.2 to 2.2 km||800 mm versus reinforced concrete.|
|S-8BM||Penetrating||1.54 m||15.2 kg||7.41 kg (0.6 kg of explosive)||1.2 to 2.2 km||800 mm versus reinforced concrete. Velocity 450 m/s.|
|S-8D||FAE||1.66 m||11.6 kg||3.8 kg (2.15 kg of explosive)||1.3 to 3 km|
|S-8DM||FAE||1.7 m||11.6 kg||3.8 kg (2.15 kg of explosive)||1.3 to 3 km||5.5–6 kg TNT equivalent. Velocity 590 m/s|
|S-8DF||FAE||1.68 m||13.4 kg||5.5 kg (3.3 kg of explosive)||1.3 to 4 km||6 kg TNT equivalent. Velocity 500 m/s|
|S-8 O||Illuminating||1.63 m||12.1 kg||4.3 kg||4 to 4.5 km||2 megacandela flare warhead|
|S-8 OM||Illuminating||1.63 m||12.1 kg||4.3 kg||4 to 4.5 km||2 megacandela flare warhead burns for 30 seconds. Velocity 545 m/s.|
|S-8T||Tandem-HEAT||1.7 m||13 kg||6.6 kg (1.6 kg of explosive)||1.3 to 4 km||Tandem HEAT 400 mm versus RHA. Velocity 470 m/s|
|S-8P||Chaff||1.63 m||12.3 kg||4.5 kg of chaff||2 to 3 km|
|S-8PM||Chaff||1.63 m||12.3 kg||4.5 kg of chaff||2 to 3 km||545 m/s velocity.|
|S-8S||Flechette||1.612 m||13 kg||4.3 kg||1.2 to 3.5 km||2,000 flechettes in 5 bundles|
|S-8TsM||Target marking||1.605 m||11.1 kg||3.6 kg||1.3 to 2 km (heli)
1.3 to 3 km (plane)
|target/route marking smoke visible 6 km away|
An upgraded version, S-8OFP, has a length of 1.428 m, a weight of less than 17 kg, and a range of 6 km.
- S-5 rocket
- S-13 rocket
- Ugroza, a proposed upgrade of "dumb" rockets to salvo-fired laser-guided precision missiles
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- New Air-ground Rocket For Russian Attack Aircraft. Aviation International News. 10 July 2018.
- Soviet/Russian Aircraft Weapons Since World War Two, Yefim Gordon, ISBN 1-85780-188-1
- Mil Mi-24 Hind Attack Helicopter, Yefim Gordon and Dimitri Komissarov, ISBN 1-84037-238-9
- Jane's Air Launched Weapons Issue 36, Duncan Lennox, ISBN 0-7106-0866-7
- Warfare.ru S-8 rockets
- VTTV-99 S-8 rocket specs
- Army-2018: Zaslon Center presents new 80mm MLRS based on 4x4 UAZ pickup