Will Iranian planning bombs be able to overcome Ukrainian air defense

One of the main problems why the SVO did not go quite the way we would like is that Russian aviation was not able to gain complete air supremacy, although the opposite was initially claimed. Desperate in their audacity, the actions of the Russian Aerospace Forces raise many questions about why this happened.

The simplest answer would, of course, be to refer to the opposition from the Ukrainian air defense, which could not be completely knocked out in the first days after the start of the special operation, and now it is only intensifying due to the supply of modern NATO-made air defense systems. Because of it, Russian strategic bombers are forced to strike with expensive long-range missiles, being far outside the range of enemy air defenses. However, this will only be a half-truth.

The full truth is that the special operation of the Russian Aerospace Forces was approached not only without developed tactical unmanned aircraft, but also in fact without much-needed adjustable bombs that would allow air strikes without entering the Ukrainian air defense coverage area. On the Internet, you can watch videos in which our front-line aviation aircraft are simply forced to operate at ultra-low altitudes in order to drop ordinary "cast iron" bombs on the heads of the enemy. At the same time, the Russian Su-25, Su-30SM and Su-34 substitute the "belly" not only for air defense systems, but also for conventional MANPADS. We are trying not to advertise the losses of the Russian Aerospace Forces, some figures can be found in enemy sources, therefore they should be treated with a certain distrust. However, Russian pilots appear periodically in the lists for the exchange of prisoners of war, this is a fact.

Could something have gone differently, and can something be done right now to correct this situation?

Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM)

The need to create corrected aerial bombs (KAB) has been recognized for a very long time, primarily in the United States. The Americans, the world's main aggressors, faced many problems in the operations of their aircraft during Operation Desert Storm. On the one hand, Iraq had some sort of air defense system. On the other hand, the use of laser-guided bombs turned out to be complicated by difficult local conditions - the content of fine dust in the air in large quantities, smoke from fires due to burning oil, etc.

The result of a system analysis was a joint project of the US Air Force and the US Navy to convert conventional free-fall bombs into adjustable ones. To do this, each is equipped with a computer with navigation equipment, a set of wings mounted in the middle part of the bomb, and a tail unit with controllable plumage, allowing it to maneuver. The guidance of the KAB dropped from the aircraft to the target is carried out using an integrated inertial guidance system paired with a GPS receiver with improved accuracy. The range of its action is 15 nautical miles (28 km) from the point of discharge, the value of the circular probable deviation is 11 meters. When bombing from high altitudes at supersonic speeds, the range of destruction increases. For example, an F-22 fighter from a height of 15 kilometers at a speed exceeding the sound speed was able to hit a target of a 454-kilogram KAB at a distance of more than 44 kilometers.

The project was called JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munitions), and as of 2016, the Pentagon ordered 15 kits from the Boeing manufacturer to re-equip free-falling bombs into adjustable ones. It should be recognized that this is a vivid example of a rational approach to available resources, worthy of emulation. And how are things going with the KAB here, in Russia?


We decided not to bother with the conversion of free-falling bombs into adjustable ones, but to immediately create a “corrected aerial bomb of 500 kg caliber, satellite guidance”, or KAB-500S.

The layout of the Russian KAB was first presented in 2003 at the MAKS exhibition of the State Research and Production Enterprise "Region" (now part of the Tactical Missile Weapons Corporation or KTRV). The ammunition is intended for the destruction of stationary objects with coordinates known in advance - command posts, warehouses, industrial enterprises, infrastructure facilities, as well as ships in parking lots. The length of the bomb is 3 m, the maximum body diameter is 400 mm, and the wingspan is 750 mm. To ensure the required aerodynamic characteristics, the bomb is equipped with a set of planes, X-shaped stabilizers and wings with rudders. The permissible height of the KAB-500S release is in the range from 500 m to 10 km, the speed of the carrier aircraft during the release is from 550 to 1100 km / h, the circular probable deviation is not more than 5-10 m. The bomb received a control system, the main element of which is a receiver indicator navigation systems PSN-2001.

Despite the fact that the Russian KAB project successfully reached the testing stage, in 2012 it faced opposition from the RF Ministry of Defense. How told back in 2015, "Military Review", some unnamed forces within the military department were not satisfied with the price of KAB-300S at 3 million rubles apiece (100 thousand dollars at the then exchange rate), and they considered that Su-24 or Tu-22M3 bombers with modern sighting and navigation systems are capable of providing acceptable bombing accuracy even when using unguided weapons.

Also, as the reason for the refusal, the insufficient distance that the Russian KAB is able to overcome from the place of discharge, which is from 6 to 8 kilometers, was called, that is, the aircraft would not have been able to avoid entering the enemy’s air defense coverage area. Despite this, for some reason, India is still interested in the export version of the Russian KAB-500S-E bomb. During the operation of the Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria, apparently, export versions of our KAB were used against terrorist positions.

It is quite obvious that we approached the NMD without the corrected bombs that we needed so much. The fact that this direction for the Russian military-industrial complex will now become a priority is beyond doubt. However, we must fight right here and now, saving the lives of our pilots. Therefore, it seems right to buy from friendly Iran an experimental batch of Yasir guided glide bombs, with which the Persians learned to hit targets at a distance of up to 50 kilometers from the drop point. This will allow the Russian Aerospace Forces to operate in the Ukrainian sky without entering the coverage area of ​​most air defense systems, radically increase the effectiveness of strikes and save expensive aircraft and even more valuable pilots.

It is already too late to have complexes about technological dependence on the Islamic Republic, you just need to win and draw conclusions.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 4 November 2022 11: 42
    1. They can. Jewish overcame the air defense of Syria and Iran.
    2. Our planning air bombs were previously presented here as having no analogues in the world. And for some reason they almost don’t write about them on SVO
    3. Cast iron bombs, also signed here as a powerful win, because there are a lot of them and they are cheap.
    1. Mobius Offline Mobius
      Mobius 4 November 2022 12: 25
      Quote: Sergey Latyshev
      3. Cast iron bombs, also signed here as a powerful win, because there are a lot of them and they are cheap.

      И rubber no, apparently for the reason that the youth stole all the rubber.

      But seriously recourse ... Considering the mass of failed aspects in all areas (literally - where not the shadows), relevant
      such a question to the authorities - Why are we bare-assed?

      Quote: Sergey Latyshev
      And for some reason they don’t almost write about them on SVO

      At all I have not seen publications on the use of adjustable bombs in the NWO request
      1. Mobius Offline Mobius
        Mobius 4 November 2022 12: 39
        I am far from thinking that our warehouses are completely empty, and there was not "declared" a certain number of KAB300/500 ...

        But why are they gathering dust THERE, and not smashing enemy objects ???

        Is this not evidence that, as once in WW1, the tsar-emperor was led to abdication through “ shell hunger "and some difficulties in the war, and some internal forces (pests, accomplices of the West), they want to remove Putin in a similar way, through the failure of the NWO?

        In place of the GDP, I would have tensed yes
        1. Cetron Offline Cetron
          Cetron (Peteris) 17 November 2022 21: 49
          And when the arsenals were opened, there were enough shells for the entire civilian and also the Red Army until World War II. Some of the calibers were never used to the end. (Shell hunger?)
  2. vlad127490 Offline vlad127490
    vlad127490 (Vlad Gor) 4 November 2022 20: 39
    They may or may not be able to guess. We need to drop these Iranian bombs and we will see the result. There are no bombs, so there is no result.
  3. Dust Offline Dust
    Dust (Sergei) 5 November 2022 10: 59
    Despite the fact that the Russian KAB project successfully reached the testing stage, in 2012 it faced opposition from the RF Ministry of Defense.

    It is our own fault, they appointed the furniture maker Serdyukov as Minister of Defense, and now we are crying ....
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    2. wladimirjankov Offline wladimirjankov
      wladimirjankov (Vladimir Yankov) 8 November 2022 22: 42
      who is themselves? who appointed MO Ivanov, Serdyukov? And then the builder and rescuer Shoigu? After all, none of them had anything to do with the army. Did we install them ourselves? Who asked us? One person did it and he should be held accountable for it.
  4. obar64 Offline obar64
    obar64 (Oleg Barchev) 5 November 2022 11: 56
    Generals are preparing for past wars. Extra proof of the truth of this statement.
  5. zuuukoo Online zuuukoo
    zuuukoo (Sergei) 5 November 2022 14: 28
    Quote: Dust
    It is our own fault, they appointed the furniture maker Serdyukov as Minister of Defense, and now we are crying ....

    Serdyukov was appointed not by "themselves", but by a very specific and well-known person.

    By the way, with the scandalous departure from the Moscow Region (mind you, they left him not because he did something wrong, but because of the scandal with the thief-lover), Mr. Serdyukov's career did not end.
    Since 2013, he has been working in various senior positions at Rostec, supervising the aviation business there (since 2019, chairman of the board of directors of UAC).

    Yes, the su-57, ms-21 and other analogous eternal unfinished projects have been in his area of ​​​​responsibility for 9 years.

    However, apparently, His Highness is quite satisfied with the results of Serdyukov's work, both in the Moscow Region and in Rostec.
    1. Electric broom Offline Electric broom
      Electric broom (Electric broom) 7 November 2022 07: 50
      Absolutely right. If it weren’t for the sanctions, he would have ordered you in Italy and planes of tanks and other things
  6. wladimirjankov Offline wladimirjankov
    wladimirjankov (Vladimir Yankov) 8 November 2022 23: 47
    Shame and shame that for some reason Iran took care and was able to make an effective weapon while being under sanctions for years, but we are not "great and invincible". Although they had every opportunity to do so. The main thing was that Russia had time and money. But there was no desire to delve into everything, analyze, work for real and make your officials move, and not serve a number. , issue decrees, give out many hours of interviews, etc. You can issue a lot of decrees and laws on the mountain, but things will not move from this and problems will not be solved if you do not monitor the progress of execution every day, do not kick those responsible. And it's very boring and tedious. But without this, our system of the vertical of power simply does not work. Therefore, we have such a result. SVO clearly showed this. It turns out that with a million-strong army and numerous law enforcement agencies, there is no one to fight and the necessary modern weapons, means of communication, intelligence, and equipment are also not enough. And there are problems with the organization of hostilities, their study, planning, the competence of the command, the work of headquarters, intelligence. And this is not only in the army, the situation is the same in all spheres of our economy. Wherever you throw a wedge everywhere.