NPO Mash modifies Yakhont cruise missile for air-to-surface use

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  1. venom

    venom DFI Technocrat

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    NPO Machinostroyenia (NPO Mash) is extending the capabilities of Russia's anti-ship Yakhont supersonic cruise missile for use against ground targets.

    The work is part of NPO Mash's efforts to develop the Alfa next-generation universal missile. Earlier versions are used against ships and "high contrast ground targets" such as coastal installations and bridges.

    The new missiles will be used with Sukhoi's various twin-seat multirole fighters which can carry up to three of the Mach 2-2.5-capable Yakhonts. Sukhoi is known to be developing a Yakhont capability for Su-30 export variants.

    Work on air-launched and land attack variants of the missile was accelerated follow-ing NATO's offensive against Yugoslavia in 1999. According to the company, post-war analysis indicated the need to "move whenever possible from active to passive homing".

    The ground-attack Yakhont will have the same shape as the earlier missile, differing only in its onboard control and homing systems. It will have the same 300km (160nm) range on an "optimised trajectory" during which it climbs to 46,000ft (14,000m). At low altitude it has a 120km range.

    NPO Mash is offering tailored Yakhont variants, aimed at potential Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern customers. As such, weapons are based on technologies and hardware in Russian naval service, so only limited testing of a new variant is needed, says the company.

    According to NPO Mash, fielding a Yakhont-based system - including training personnel and setting up storage, maintenance and command facilities - in a customer country can be completed within two years of it receiving a contact.

    NPO Mash says Yakhont is most effective when used in conjunction with the company's 800kg (1,760lb) low-orbit Kondor-E satellite. Kondor-E is equipped with a high-resolution radar with a phased-array antenna. It can detect targets within a 500km surveillance window and supply initial targeting for the missiles. Alternatively, targeting data can be supplied by the carrier aircraft or ship, or a specially-equipped helicopter.

    NPO Mash modifies Yakhont cruise missile for air-to-surface use -22/05/2001-Flight International

    Can this be done with Brahmos?
     
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    Payeng Daku Mongol Singh

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    Yes i m aware of it.....but why is it takin so much time ?

    Yankhot was ready in 2001 & Brahmos [air launched] in not still tested.
     
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    Well to be frank I dont know is there a air launched version of Yankhot or not, though I think there isn't. Any credible information about that would be appreciated.

    My view, BrahMos is nothing but a stripped downed version of Yankhot regarding its propulsion system with an advanced guidance system which is actually being developed by the BrahMos Corp here in India, what Russians are gaining is advanced guidance technology plus the money, What India would gain would be an efficient and swift CM but not for the long run.
     
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    There is no news of the missile being developed and ready for use, or any news of tests of the missile.

    The news just talks of the possibility, and a lot is talked to be under development.
     
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    K Factor A Concerned Indian Senior Member

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    Whats the point of modifying a costly Anti-Ship missile to an air-launched land attack version?

    It would be a lot cheaper to invest in Tomahawk style cruise missiles.

    Reading too much into this 2001 report is futile and a waste of time.
     
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    In any case BrahMos is successful
     
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    brahmos from russian point of view was to be a yakhont which is lesser capable than its parent missile, but the involvement of drdo machinery and active development from indian side might have impressed russian to further develop it for meeting both indian and russian need. the hypersonic version and steep dive version of the brahmos are critical examples.

    but ht question remains that whether the brahmos is any less than yakhont as russians are not buying it and rather pitching yakhont against brahmos in international tenders
     

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