Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Ukraine’s Yuzhnoye introduces new supersonic ASM development

22.10.19
КБ Південне презентувало концепти ЗРК та надзвукової авіаційної керованої ракети

Ukrainian design bureau Yuzhnoye has revealed the next phase of a programme to develop a long-range, supersonic, air-to-surface missile (ASM) designated the Blyskavka ('Lightning').

The bureau announced the programme at Ukraine's Arms and Security 2019 defence exhibition, held in Kiev from 8-11 October, Jane's Defence Weekly reports.

The Blyskavka will be in the same performance class as the Russian-made Kh-31, one of the programme's designers told Jane's , but will be slightly faster than the Russian missile's Mach 3.5 top speed and have a longer range.

надзвукова авіаційна керована ракети (НАКР) Блискавка photo credit: Defense Express

Like the Kh-31, the Blyskavka will be built with three different seekers: an active homing seeker for the anti-ship role; an electro-optical seeker; and a passive, anti-radiation seeker for Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses missions.