Air International 1996-06
P.Butowski - Air-to-Surface Weapon Directory (2)
A reduced-impulse booster motor is fitted to the Zvezda Kh-35 for operation from helicopters, such as the Ka-32A7 Helix-C seen here. The current anti-ship variant is guided by an active-radar seeker, but it is understood that Zvezda is developing a model using infra-red guidance.
Seen here mounted on the port stub-pylon of an Mi-24 Hind-D, the AT-2 Swatter-C has semi-automatic command to line of sight guidance using an aircraft-mounted Raduga-F sighting system. This raises the first-round hit probability from the 67% Swatter-A and -B to over 90%.
An Aerospatiale AS 15TT anti-ship missile just leaving the launch rail of an SA 365F Dauphin II during pre-delivery trials of an example destined for the Royal Saudi Naval Force. Mid-course guidance of the AS 15TT is via commands from the launch aircraft which detects and tracks targets by means of its Thomson-CSF Agrion X-band radar.
In response to SR(A) 1238, the UK requirement for a new air-launched anti-tank missile, GEC Marconi is proposing Brimstone, a derivative of the US Hellfire missile. Guidance is via a sophisticated millimetre-wave seeker able to autonomously identify armoured fighting vehicle targets. This BAe Harrier GR.7 is carrying no less than 18 rounds.
AGM-119A Penguin Mk 3-armed F-16s of the R Norwegian Air Force. Initially conceived as a ship-launched weapon, the Mk 3 variant has smaller wings and lacks the booster motor of its predecessor.
Primary anti-ship missile against ‘deep water’ threats is the BAe Dynamics Sea Eagle, two of which are seen here under the fuselage of a Tornado GR.1B of 12 Squadron.
Exocet was brought to the public’s attention during the Falklands War when, launched by Argentinean Navy Super Etendards, they sank the frigate UMS Sheffield and Ro-Ro container ship Atlantic Conveyor. It is seen here during firing trials from an early Atlantic 2.
Fifteen Sea Skuas were fired by Royal Navy Lynx during the Gulf War, of which 14 struck their targets, destroying or damaging a large part of Iraq’s fleet of fast patrol boats and minelayers. A Sea Skua is seen here being launched from Lynx HAS.8/HMA.8 development airframe XZ236.
An inert RBS 15F anti-ship missile on the port underwing stores pylon of a Saab JA 37 Viggen. Derived from the ship-launched RBS 15, the 15F incorporates mid-course guidance and an active radar seeker. The RBS 15F may also be carried by the Saab JAS 39 Gripen.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industry’s ASM-1 anti-ship missile was the first air-to-surface missile developed by Japan. Mid-course guidance is provided by an inertial navigation system and terminal homing by active radar. The missile has been cleared for use on the Mitsubishi F-1 (seen here), P-3C Orion and the F-4J Phantom.