HomeInternational GeopoliticsRussia says its Su-34 fighters conducted ‘Surgical Strikes’ on Military Infra using...

Russia says its Su-34 fighters conducted ‘Surgical Strikes’ on Military Infra using ‘Ukrainian-Origin’ Kh-29 missiles

Source : The EurAsian Times

Russia says its Su-34 fighters conducted ‘Surgical Strikes’ on Military Infra using ‘Ukrainian-Origin’ Kh-29 missiles
Russian Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback Fighter Bomber with Kh-29 missile (Russian Military TV)

On September 20, the Russian Defense Ministry released a video of the Su-34 fighter-bomber conducting sorties to attack the Armed Forces of Ukraine’s (AFU) military infrastructure with high-precision Kh-29 air-to-surface missiles.

Su-34 aircraft operators used high-precision Kh-29 air-to-surface missiles to attack enemy ground targets and air defense systems at a distance of up to 30km, Tass reported,  citing the ministry.  

“The crews are carrying out missions to strike the adversary’s ground targets and air defense systems. These high-precision weapons make it possible to fulfill combat tasks using various targeting systems from great distances,” a deputy commander of an air squadron said. 

“Currently, a Kh-29T missile is being presented. The last task it implemented was the strike on a stronghold located in the woods,” he added. 

The report highlighted that navigators must complete special training before using the Kh-29 missiles.

“We target [it], then, once a link is established, the missile’s warhead acquires a target from a distance of, say, 20-30 kilometers,” a Navigator said. He added that the missile then goes directly to the target. 

The Su-34 fighter-bomber aircraft is intended for precise missile and bomb attacks on an enemy’s ground assets at operating and tactical depth in addition to striking an opponent’s air targets.

This aircraft has frequently been used by Russia in UkraineWhile it undoubtedly gave Russian forces an edge in carrying out precise missile and bomb strikes, it also sustained some losses during the conflict. 

Previously, a Ukrainian citizen reportedly shot down a Russian Su-34 fighter jet with his rifle, for which the Ukrainian armed forces later presented him with a medal. In July, it was reported that Russia accidentally downed one of its own powerful Su-34M fighter bombers. 

MAKS2015part1 10 (cropped)
Sukhoi Su-34 – Wikiwand

The design for the Sukhoi Su-34, also known by its NATO code name Fullback, has been in the works for a very long time. It was proposed as a replacement for the Su-24 Fencer. 

The Su-34, like most other contemporary Russian fighters, was derived from the air-superiority Su-27 Flanker, which was intended to rival American F-14 Tomcat and F-15 Eagle aircraft of the fourth generation.

It first took to the skies in April of 1990. However, it didn’t put into service until March of 2014.

Despite having air superiority origins, the Su-34’s design was significantly altered to make it more effective in an attack role. It has a 30mm GSh-30-1 internal cannon and 12 hardpoints under the wings and beneath the fuselage that can hold up to 17,630 pounds of ammunition.

Kh-29 Air-To-Surface Missile

The Kh-29 is a Soviet-era air-to-surface missile with a range of 10-30km. It is commonly carried by tactical aircraft like the Su-24, Su-30, MiG-29K, and the “T/TM” variants of the Su-25, offering those planes an enhanced standoff capability. 

It carries a massive warhead of 320 kg and has the option of laser, infrared, active radar, or TV guidance. It is similar to the AGM-65 Maverick missile used by the US but has a much heavier warhead. 

The Kh-29 can be deployed against ships up to 10,000 tons, hardened aircraft shelters, and concrete runways in addition to bigger combat targets and infrastructures such as commercial buildings, depots, and bridges. The Kh-29TE is the extended-range version of the missile. 

Air to surface guided missile Kh 29.jpg
Air-to-surface guided missile Kh-29 – Wikimedia Commons

It is the only air-to-ground weapon developed by Ukraine’s Molniya design bureau. The missile began to take shape in the late 1970s, but Vympel, a Russian research and production company, later took over the development of the Kh-29.

The missile was fired for the first time in 1976, and after thorough testing, the Kh-29 was approved for use in 1980.

The Molniya R-60 (AA-8 “Aphid”) and the Kh-29 share a basic aerodynamic design. The Kh-25 (AS-10 “Karen”) provided the laser guidance head, while the Kh-59 (AS-13 “Kingbolt”) provided the TV guidance, both attached to a sizable warhead.

It has a passive television self-homing “eye” that broadcasts an image to an indicator aboard the carrier aircraft before launch. In 1980, the Kh-29 was put into service with the Russian air force and subsequently widely exported.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Aatmanirbhar Bharat


Defence Ministry inks Rs 2956 cr contract with BHEL to procure 16 super rapid gun mount for Navy

Source : Press Trust of India (PTI)New Delhi: The defence ministry on Tuesday sealed a Rs 2,956 crore deal with state-run Bharat Heavy Electricals...

India to add 2nd indigenous aircraft carrier worth $5 billion to its naval fleet to counter China

Source : BloombergIndia is set to add another aircraft carrier to its fleet worth almost Rs 400 billion ($4.8 billion) as it seeks to...

AMCA 5th Generation Stealth Fighter Updates

Most Popular

Recent Comments

Archive Months


India should look at B-21 raider not the Tu-160 ‘Hangar Queens’

Source : Indian Defence Updates (IDU)B-21 Raider Stealth Bomber concept of the US Air ForceAmid media reports that, India is an advanced stage of...

Retd Army officer appointed SSP (Combat) of Manipur Police, a new post created by Biren Singh govt

Guwahati: Amid the ongoing ethnic violence in Manipur, the state government led by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, has created a new post...

Netra Mark-II AEW&C to feature Secondary and Primary AESA radars on shoulder and nose cone to increase coverage to 300-degree

Source : Indian Defence AnalysisNetra Mk-2 AEW&C with Primary Radar (Bottom Left) and Secondary Radar (Bottom Right)The development of Netra AEW&C Mark-I has been...
Ads Blocker Image Powered by Code Help Pro

Ads Blocker Detected!!!

We have detected that you are using extensions to block ads. Please support us by disabling these ads blocker.

error: Content is protected !!