"Invisible" X-50: Russia tests a new cruise missile


By the end of this year, flight tests of the newest Russian X-50 rocket will be completed. The latter received the nickname "invisible" and, not yet having time to take up combat duty, entered the top ten ratings of the world's best air-launched cruise missiles from the military directory Jane's.


The roots of the modern version of the rocket stretch back to the eighties of the last century. Then, focusing more on nuclear weapons, the X-55 cruise missile was created in the Soviet Union. A projectile with a nuclear warhead could penetrate the enemy's air defense system at a distance of up to 3,5 thousand km due to stealth and ultra-low flight in the terrain bend mode.

After the collapse of the USSR, Russia continued the X-series by developing the X-101 cruise missile based on the X-55. The latter could presumably fall into a circle with a diameter of 6-10 meters from a distance of 1000 km.

Later, on the basis of the Kh-101, the Kh-102 rocket with a thermonuclear warhead was created.

Finally, the "crown" of the design idea, which combined the best of the X-100 program, was the simpler and inexpensive X-50 aircraft missile. The length of the projectile is only 6 meters with a total mass of 1600 kg, which allows it to hit targets at a distance of up to 1500 km. Plus, the engineers managed to reduce its effective dispersion area to 0,01 square meters. m, turning the new rocket into a real "invisible".

It is worth noting that the Russian X-50 is significantly superior to the American AGM-158 from Lockheed Martin. The launch range of the latter is only 925 kilometers. It is also important that our "invisibility" can be used from all types of Russian bombers.

The deployment of serial production of a promising cruise missile is planned within the framework of the State Arms Program 2018–2027.

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  1. gorenina91 Offline
    gorenina91 (Irina) 10 August 2020 15: 23
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    The "crown" of the design idea, which combined all the best from the X-100 program, was the simpler and inexpensive X-50 aircraft missile. The length of the projectile is only 6 meters with a total mass of 1600 kg, which allows it to hit targets at a distance of up to 1500 km. Plus, the engineers managed to reduce its effective dispersion area to 0,01 sq. m, turning the new rocket into a real "invisible".

    - The Chinese are already rubbing their hands impatiently ... - When will Russia finish testing ... - And then we can count this Russian missile ... - just "in the pocket" of China ...
    1. Sergey Tokarev (Sergey Tokarev) 10 August 2020 15: 40
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      Just like Ukrainian engines and Russian ship steel?)))
  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 10 August 2020 16: 08
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    The launch range of the latter is only 925 kilometers.

    Peremoga definitely!

    By the way, I looked, the length of this AGM-158 is one and a half times less. Therefore, it flies one and a half times less.
    1. Cat Offline
      Cat (Sergei) 10 August 2020 18: 31
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      Of course, this is not a breakthrough ... well, fairy tales for the population ...
  3. We will deploy in Kaliningrad, target the Poles!
    1. AICO Offline
      AICO (Vyacheslav) 10 August 2020 22: 44
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      It is enough to unfold the PPSh on them - they will surrender for food in batches - solid "warriors" and "fighters" !!!
  4. Barmaley_2 Offline
    Barmaley_2 (Barmaley) 10 August 2020 23: 57
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    All this is commendable and respectable, but I would like to clarify how many of them will be built in real life in the end? And I doubt that it will be thousands, as in about 20 years the Americans riveted their AGM-158. And why in AGM almost all types of aircraft of the US Air Force are suspended, and the Russian only to bombers?
  5. Herman 4223 Offline
    Herman 4223 (Alexander) 11 August 2020 07: 23
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    AGM-158 can be carried by fighters, but ours can be picked up on Drying?
  6. Nikolaevich I Offline
    Nikolaevich I (Vladimir) 11 August 2020 10: 32
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    There is one unmentioned "nuance" about the X-50! "Enta Wunderwaffe" is conceived to fly at a speed of 5 M ... that is, hypersonic!
    1. Graver_13 Offline
      Graver_13 (Maksim) 1 September 2020 22: 13
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      In fact, hypersound starts at 5.5M, and therefore still supersonic.
      1. Nikolaevich I Offline
        Nikolaevich I (Vladimir) 1 September 2020 23: 00
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        Quote: Graver_13
        In fact, hypersound starts at 5.5M, and therefore still supersonic.

        Well, you probably know better! Only for the "bazaar" must be answered! How to correct the numbers in all the numerous articles, reference books and other printed and electronic publications, then according to concepts it will be ... otherwise bullshit!
  7. Georgievic Offline
    Georgievic (Georgievic) 17 August 2020 09: 07
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    Quote: Nikolaevich I
    ... conceived to fly at a speed of 5 M ... that is, hypersonic!

    Joke? At an altitude of 25 to 100 meters? Is it like mowing grass with a scythe? So on the track, all the mice will rest in a moment, not counting other animals! There was such a project M-25, "Infernal Mower", really revived?