By Dmitry Fediushko, Zhukovskiy
Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation (Korporatsiya Takticheskoye Raketnoye Vooruzheniye, KTRV) beefs up its portfolio of guided bombs. At the 14th International Aerospace Show (MAKS 2019) being held in Zhukovskiy near Moscow, GNPP Region, a KTRV subsidiary, has showcased a number of latest developments in this area.
In particular, the company has unveiled the first Russian large-calibre smart gliding bomb, the UPAB-1500B-E (K029BE), featured in the opening picture. A spokesperson for GNPP Region told European On-Line that the munition “is intended to engage small-size semi- and full-hardened ground and surface targets”. Weighing 1,525 kg, the guided bomb carries a 1,010 kg concrete-piercing high-explosive (HE) warhead coupled with a combined navigation unit (an inertial measurement unit and a satellite receiver) and a contact fuse with three time delay modes. The UPAB-1500B-E is 5.05 meters long and has a diameter of 0.4 meters. The munition can be dropped from an altitude of up to 15 km at a range of up to 50 km with a circular error possible (CEP) of up to 10 meters.
Speaking at the MAKS 2019, GNPP Region’s Director General Igor Krylov said the new guided bomb had already entered its production stage. “The UPAB-1500B-E has passed through the state trials. These systems are being delivered to the military, and the first export contracts have already been signed,” said Krylov.
At the MAKS 2019 exhibition, GNPP Region has also showcased a new 500 kg guided bomb designated K08BE. “This munition is designed to engage items military equipment and infrastructures,” said the company’s representative. The K08BE weighs 505 kg and carries a 390 kg HE warhead. Like the K029BE, the smart bomb is fitted with a combined guidance system (an IMU and a satellite receiver) and a contact fuse with three time delay modes. “The K08BE has a service life of some 15 years,” said the spokesperson for GNPP Region. The K08BE is 2.84 meters long and has a diameter of 0.355 meters. The munition can be dropped from an altitude of up to 14 km at a range of up to 40 km with a CEP not exceeding 10 meters. The manufacturer did not detailed the actual status of the programme.
During the show, GNPP Region has also unveiled the APR-3ME air-launched anti-submarine missile, which is designed to engage underwater combatants moving at a speed of up to 80 km/h at depths of up to 800 meters. “The APR-3ME can be used by Tupolev Tu-142ME and Ilyushin Il-38SD maritime patrol aircraft, as well as Kamov Ka-28 helicopters,” said the spokesperson for the company. Weighing some 475 kg, the APR-3ME is 3.25 meters long and has a diameter of 350 mm. It is powered by a solid-fuel turbo-waterjet engine, producing a top speed of 36 m/s. The missile carries an HE warhead coupled to a three-mode fuse (contact/acoustic proximity/time delay). “The APR-3ME has a service life of 10 years,” said a spokesperson for the GNPP Region.
Photos by Dmitry Fediushko