NATO reporting name: AS-14 Kedge)
service= 1980s- present
used_by= See "operators"
designer= Matius Bisnovat Georgiy I. Khokhlov
manufacturer= Molniya KB (1970s)Later
Vympel(1980s+) BAPO “Iglim” (1982-1991)
production_date= 1980s- 2003
weight= (Kh-29L) 657kg(Kh-29T) 680kg
altitude=200 m to 10,000m
speed= convert|408.3|m/s|km/h mph
The Kh-29 (
NATOcodename AS-14 Kedge) is a Russian air-to-surface missile, made by the MolniyaDesign Bureau (their only air to ground munition). It is produced in several variations, the Kh-29TD television guided missile, and the Kh-29L laser-guided missile, as well as the Kh-29D, with a thermal imaging head. The first firing of the missile took place in 1976 and after extensive trials the Kh-29 was accepted into service .
Almost half the weight of this munition is constituted by the warhead, making it highly suitable for heavily reinforced targets. It is comparable to the American
AGM-65 Maverickmissile but with a larger size cite web |url=http://www.sinodefence.com/airforce/weapon/kh29.asp |title=Kh-29T Air-to-Surface Missile - Sinodefence.com|publisher=SinoDefence.com |accessdate= 2008-08-07 ] . The Kh-29 is intended for primary use against larger battlefield targets and infrastructures such as industrial buildings, airports, depots and bridges.
These missiles can be carried by a wide variety of aircraft, such as the
Su-27 family, and most other Russian strike aircraft.
* Kh-29ML is the laser guided version with a 317 kg penetrating warhead. It uses semi-active laser guidance and has a range up to 10 kilometres. The missile has a flight speed of 250 to 350 metres per second. cite web|url=http://www.probertencyclopaedia.com/I_KH-29.HTM |title=KH-29|accessdate=2008-09-05 |last= |first= |year= |publisher=The Probert Encyclopaedia]
* Kh-29T is the TV-guided version which is fitted with a with automatic optical homing to a distinguishable object indicated by the pilot in the cockpit. The maximum distance of launch is 8~10km and the minimum distance is 3km and as well can be fired from altitudes from 200m to 10,000m, at the speeds between 600 and 1,250km/h.
Belarusian Air Force- on its modernized MiG-29BMs cite web |url=http://edefense.blogspot.com/2005/12/25-years-of-service-of-russian-kh-29.html |title=Situational Awareness: 25 years of service of Russian Kh-29 missile |publisher=Situational Awareness |accessdate= 2008-09-07 ] .
Bulgarian Air Force- on its on Su-22M4s.
Indian Air Force- on its on new Su-30MKIs.
People's Liberation Army Air Force- In July 2002, reports indicated that the PLAAF received about 2,000 Russian-made Kh-29T missiles . The Kh-29 is used on its Su-30MKKand may be used on the JH-7A fighter-bombers or the smaller Q-5 attackers.
Polish Air Force- on its on Su-22M4s.
Russian Air Force
Syrian Air Force
Ukrainian Air Force.
Czechoslovak Air Force- passed onto successor states.
East German Air Force.
Hungarian Air Force- on Su-22M3s
Iraqi Air Force- all retired
Slovak Air Force- Su-22M4s.
Soviet Air Force- passed onto successor states
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