According to the booklet, the maximum launch range of the missile is 250 km, it can be launched from an air carrier from a height of 15 km at a speed of Mach 1.5 (about 1.7 thousand km/h). The system is 24/7 and all-weather.
There was a report that the replacement for the Kh-31 rocket/ramjet powered missile used in anti radar and also anti ship versions is being developed that is a rocket scramjet powered hypersonic missile designed to be carried internally on the Su-57 and S-70 and Checkmate.
Such a propulsion change should allow a tripling of the flight speed of the missile and massive increase in flight range... without a massive increase in cost or size or weight.
Actually thinking about it they could make it an air to air anti radiation or ARH missile too as a super Meteor... a truly multipurpose missile...
The Russians should do the same but also eith sat/INS guidance packages.
What you have to understand is that the US Paveway series of laser guidance kits are a SCAM.
They pretend to be cheap because they use cheap dumb iron bomb payloads with the fins removed and replaced with moving surfaces from the guidance kits.
They are suggesting that some how this makes them cheaper but in actual fact it uses up all your cheap dumb bombs and actually makes them expensive because the kits are horribly expensive.
The Soviets and Russians recognise this and keep their cheap iron bombs cheap... direct delivery by Su-25s on target or from a distance using Gefest And T or similar aiming systems to give them acceptable accuracy means they are super cheap... the expensive stuff to make them accurate is part of the aircraft and is reused over and over... compared with the expensive stuff in US Paveway kits that is destroyed with each use.
Russian guided bombs are custom designed which gives more flexibility in payloads and makes them rather cheaper to make and leaves caches of cheap dumb iron bombs available for use where needed.
For instance in Syria a large group of enemy forces are detected that are spread out so one bomb can't kill them all... Tu-22M3 drops 9 x 500kg dumb bombs that are cheaper than one guided 500kg bomb that might have killed one vehicle... the spread of 9 bombs means a lot more vehicles and troops spread out will be killed because the 9 bombs spread about the point of aim and the point of aim is the centre of the group so multiple explosions around the point of aim is a much better and also cheaper way to deal with the target.
A GLONASS add-on kit for dumb bombs
They have a GLONASS addon fuse for artillery shells they were developing, but the satellite guided bombs are custom made because Russian designers are not scammers trying to rip off their own country.
It is clear that precision-guided munitions are very expensive, since their production requires advanced navigation and targeting systems. It is unrealistic to claim that Russians could independently manage to miniaturize the guidance systems for smart ammunition.
They spent billions on GLONASS to make navigation cheap and simple, and there is plenty of evidence they have succeeded in making guided weapons every bit as sophisticated and capable as any western system.
It is unrealistic to claim that Russians could independently manage to miniaturize the guidance systems for smart ammunition.
Yeah, like tank gun fired missiles and 57mm cannon shells... crazy...
Im talking about dumb bomb conversion kits, not guided bombs by design.
Dumb bombs are cheap... why make them expensive by putting a laser guidance kit on them?
Paveway kits are a scam to make cheap dumb bombs expensive.
The cost of designing custom designed guided bombs is in the guidance systems... not the HE payload... making a specialised HE payload for the Paveway kits would not make them much more expensive... in fact making special HE payloads that are long and narrow to fit better in internal weapon bays would probably make them cheaper than using existing iron bomb payloads that are fat and wont fit properly.
For example, theres this mockup Kab-50 which is a rocket section of the 122mm MLRS rocket with sat/laser guidance and and control surfaces. A genius solution Those should be produced asap.
Hardly genius... they have lots of unguided weapons that had guidance systems fitted to them... the S-8 80mm rocket has a laser homing rocket, and there is a version of the S-25 unguided rocket that has a laser homing seeker, but bombs and rockets are intended for use against area targets so the idea of making them all guided is just western bullshit trying to make cheap simple weapons expensive so they can make more money.
Having a rocket pod on a helicopter with say 5 laser guided rockets and 15 unguided rockets means you could launch a volley of 7 and then 8 rockets at area targets and also hit 5 point targets... so for instance you come across an enemy convoy you could launch five rockets at vehicles in the convoy for direct hits, but then obviously the troops and crews will do a runner which you can mop up with salvos of unguided rockets in the directions they run.
Having a mix of guided and unguided makes sense because it is more practical and much much cheaper.
For the compact M-54 dumb bombs, new aerodynami nosecones with guidance kits should be added.
The M-54s are designed for internal carriage or external carriage on subsonic aircraft and are just fine as they are... the bomb aiming precision comes from the aircraft delivering the weapons that can be reused over and over rather than destroyed with each use to make more money for the company making the product.
Uragan 220mm rockets should also be converted to glide bombs.
They already have a range of glide bombs including one based on the new Kh-38 called Grom I and Grom II with rocket assistance or with extra HE depending on the target.