Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Ukraine unveils first wreckage of Russia’s stealthy cruise missile

Experts from the Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise have showcased the remains of a Kh-69 stealthy cruise missile for the first time, shedding light on one of the latest developments in the Russian defense arsenal.

The air-launched missile, a modification of the Kh-59MK2, can be deployed from fighter jets and bombers, boasting a diverse array of potential carrier aircraft. Such weaponry has seen increased usage to attack targets in Ukrainian since late 2023.

The distinguishing feature of the Kh-69 lies in its square-shaped fuselage, enhancing its stealth capabilities. Furthermore, the modified version exhibits alterations in range, flight speed, and payload capacity.

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The Kh-69 is primarily designed to target hardened installations with pre-determined coordinates, boasting a range of at least 186 miles. Prior to flight, one or more targets can be programmed into the missile, with the option to upload additional coordinates into its guidance system while the launch aircraft is airborne.

The Kh-69 is capable of delivering a 310kg warhead. It can be launched from external hardpoints on aircraft such as the Su-30, Su-34, and Su-35S, as well as from the internal bays of advanced Su-57 jets, thanks to its square cross-section.

In essence, the Kh-69 occupies a niche similar to European Storm Shadow and SCALP-EG missiles, actively employed by Ukrainian aviation, alongside American AGM-158 JASSM and German Taurus missiles.

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Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov is the editor-in-chief of Defence Blog. He is a journalist, an accredited defense advisor, and a consultant. His background as a defense advisor and consultant adds a unique perspective to his journalistic endeavors, ensuring that his reporting is well-informed and authoritative. read more

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