The winged missile developed for K-22 system
This missile was destined for destruction of radar sea targets (ships) or ground targets (bridges, dams, and power stations). Its development began in 1958; tests were started in 1962. The missile was introduced into inventory by the late sixties. Tu-22K, Tu-22M2/M3 and Tu-95K-22 aircraft carriers were armed with Kh-22 missile.
The missile was powered by R-201-300 liquid-propellant engine. Missile length was 11,3 m, the wingspan – 3 m. The launch weight of missile was 5900 kg. Weight of warhead was 1000 kg. The firing range was 400 km. Missile speed was 2700-3000 km/hour.
The Kh-22 missile comes in three variants:
- Kh-22N with a nuclear warhead and inertial guidance
- Kh-22M with a conventional load for use against ships and with an active-radar operating during the final flight stage
- Kh-22MP for breaking through enemy air defenses (overcoming enemy radars).
During experimental tests conducted from 95-96 years the Raduga-D2 (Kh-22B version) had reached a speed of Mach 6 and an altitude of about 70 km.
|Design||OKB A.I.Mikoyan / MKB “Raduga”|
|NATO code name||AS-4 Kitchen|
|Guidance||active radar or passive infra-red homing|
|Dimensions & Weight|
|Wing Span, m||3|
|Launch weight, kg||5900|
|Warhead||high-explosive, 1000 kg, or nuclear, 350 kT yield|
|Warhead weight, kg||1000|
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