How Russia can respond to the appearance of corrected bombs in the Ukrainian Air Force

One of the main problems faced by the RF Ministry of Defense during the special military operation in Ukraine was the impossibility of using the strike potential of the Russian Aerospace Forces to its full potential. While the enemy's air defense system is functioning, our aviation has to either hit targets with long-range missiles, or make risky approaches for "cast iron" bombing directly over the heads of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The situation on the fronts for the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation can be seriously complicated if the Ukrainian Air Force turns into a combat-ready force.

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According to The Washington Post, citing its own senior sources in the White House administration, the Ukrainian Air Force may acquire adjustable bombs created using American of technologies:

The Biden administration plans to send Ukraine advanced electronic equipment that turns unguided aircraft munitions into "smart bombs" that can hit Russian military positions with a high degree of accuracy.

The kits include global positioning devices for increased accuracy and are compatible with various types of weapons - while, in Pentagon terminology, you get a unified direct attack ammunition, or JDAM. The US military has applied this technology to bombs weighing up to 900 kg, typically on bombers and fighters.

We are talking about the technology of turning conventional free-falling bombs into adjustable ones called Joint Direct Attack Munition, or JDAM. To do this, a conventional aerial bomb is equipped with a computer with navigation equipment, a set of wings and a tail block, which has a controlled plumage, allowing it to maneuver. After being dropped from the aircraft, the KAB is guided to the target using an integrated inertial guidance system paired with a GPS receiver with improved accuracy. The flight range of the “winged” aerial bomb reaches 15 nautical miles, or 28 km, from the point of release, and the magnitude of the circular probable deviation is 11 meters. If you drop the KAB at supersonic speed from high altitudes, then the range of destruction increases. So, during the tests, the American F-22 fighter from a height of 15 kilometers at a speed exceeding sound, was able to throw a 454-kilogram adjustable bomb over a distance of over 44 kilometers and hit the target. For more information about JDAM technology, we told earlier.

However, this is the US Air Force, but is it possible to “marry” American and Soviet technologies at the disposal of the Ukrainian Air Force?

The question is not entirely clear. On the one hand, the Joint Direct Attack Munition kit can be put on the FAB-500M62, and then an additional threat will hang over the Russian military headquarters, warehouses and crossings. On the other hand, there are questions to their carriers. If we take for granted reports from the official speaker of the Russian Defense Ministry Igor Konashenkov, then Kyiv should have almost no combat aircraft left. Those MiG-29s that are still flying, apparently, were transferred to Ukraine from the countries of Eastern Europe, but their number is limited. On the suspension of one such Soviet fighter, no more than four KABs converted from the FAB-500M62 can be accommodated.

In other words, this is either a PR action on the part of Washington, or the Pentagon's experiment in combat merging of American and Soviet technologies, as was already the case with anti-radar missiles on the MiG-29. There is a third option, the most unpleasant. It is possible that the transfer of JDAM technologies to the Kyiv regime is an intermediate step towards the subsequent delivery of F-15 and F-16 fighter jets to the Ukrainian Air Force. Taking into account the fact that the enemy began an active transfer of hostilities deep into Russian territory, having managed to damage several strategic bombers of the Russian Aerospace Forces at the rear airfield, this could turn out to be very bad news.


As we suggested earlier, an effective response could be the re-equipment of the Russian army with Iranian-made drones and adjustable air bombs, which will make it possible to hit enemy targets without entering the zone of its air defense.

These can be guided Yasir guided bombs (JDAM-ER), equipped with a set of wings and tail, capable of flying exactly to the target a distance of more than 50 kilometers. The Air Force of the Islamic Republic has learned to use them from their obsolete aircraft without entering the radius of destruction of enemy air defense systems, saving both pilots and equipment.
The Iranians also created Balaban planning bombs of a smaller caliber, capable of flying up to 25 kilometers. They drop them from their jet reconnaissance and strike UAVs Karrar, which can fly in the strike version up to 400 kilometers. Just what the doctor ordered in Ukraine.

For strike UAVs in the Islamic Republic, a whole family of Ghaem (Qaem) guided bombs has been developed, which can be used from Mohajer-6, Shahed-129 and Ababil-3 drones. The ability to conduct constant aerial reconnaissance, target designation and adjustment of fire, operational control, and at the same time bombing without entering the enemy’s air defense coverage area is extremely relevant for Russian troops participating in the NMD.

Iranian drones are in themselves a very interesting topic for discussion. Remember we proposed to purchase a license for their production from Tehran even before the start of the special operation, but some of our regular readers contemptuously rejected this idea. And now here's how it turned out.
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  2. Jacques sekavar Offline Jacques sekavar
    Jacques sekavar (Jacques Sekavar) 16 December 2022 12: 15
    How Russia can respond to the appearance of corrected bombs in the Ukrainian Air Force

    - blood
    1. skeptic Offline skeptic
      skeptic 16 December 2022 13: 13
      Quote: Jacques Sekavar
      How Russia can respond to the appearance of corrected bombs in the Ukrainian Air Force

      - blood

      In the "brainstorming" mode, abandoning arrogance, attract any, even the most crazy ideas. Weed out the most real ones and give them the opportunity to promote them.
      There is no way to deliver bombs by planes - think about propulsion options, wings and target designation means attached to existing bombs. The carriers of the "Geraniums" are quite suitable for such "ersatz". Enough for such bombs and 20-50km. range, along the front line, and then ... as it will. The same T-55s, like self-propelled guns, are more protected than towed guns. The main thing is to determine that these are not front line tanks. The same small balloons may well serve as "observation towers, along the entire perimeter of the Russian border and as detectors of the enemy's RDGs, in the near rear.
      The main thing is not to allow the moment when it will be too late to twitch.
      1. usm5 Offline usm5
        usm5 (George) 16 December 2022 20: 39
        I agree. Slowly and reluctantly, the brains of our bureaucrats from the Moscow Region are turning. I am especially "touched" by the reference to low-flying targets, which supposedly cannot be noticed in a timely manner. A relatively small size (diameter 6 m and length 50 m) unmanned balloon on hydrogen can lift a load weighing 1 kg to a height of 1200 km. In such a weight, you can safely fit a propulsion unit with an energy source, a fairly powerful radar and an optical surveillance system. The visible horizon of such a balloon is 120 km, it sees targets at an altitude of 50, 100 and 500 m at a distance of 150, 160 and 200 km, respectively. Twenty such balloons near the line of contact will cover almost the entire border with Ukraine with a continuous radar field. Here you have target illumination radars for air defense and ground-based weapons. Of course, they themselves must be covered by medium-range air defense. Seems cheap and cheerful to me.
  3. vlaimir.zagrebaev (Vladimir Zagrebaev) 16 December 2022 12: 23
    Well, at least someone answer how much it is ... it will continue! to suppress the satellites of the "partners" to land a large landing on the airfields of Kyiv, Odessa, and others. Or can the cheerful paratroopers only bare their teeth at parades? How long can you stomp around and receive such gifts?
    1. anti-aircraft gunner 16 December 2022 12: 37
      These paratroopers are almost gone, they died in battles as simple infantry.
    2. Ilya 22 Offline Ilya 22
      Ilya 22 (Ilya) 20 January 2023 07: 49
      Well, about the paratroopers, of course you are in vain so.
  4. syndicalist Offline syndicalist
    syndicalist (Dimon) 16 December 2022 12: 35
    The supply of adjustable air bombs is nonsense compared to the supply of fuses that turn ordinary artillery shells into high-precision ones. Such fuses can be installed even on very old shells from the Second World War. There was information about the possible delivery of these fuses to Ukraine from Boeing Grumans.
  5. Muscool Offline Muscool
    Muscool (Glory) 16 December 2022 12: 40
    If the air forces could provide an advantage at least in local sectors of the front, many of our guys who storm the unsuppressed fortified areas would not have died.
    And the pilots would not risk their lives and equipment by bombing crests in the "IL-2 attack aircraft" mode.
    Who will be responsible for this? Quite right, no one.
  6. Nikolaevich I Offline Nikolaevich I
    Nikolaevich I (Vladimir) 16 December 2022 12: 44
    So there was somehow a message about the purchase of a plant for the production of UAVs in Iran!
    1. skeptic Offline skeptic
      skeptic 16 December 2022 13: 34
      Quote: Nikolaevich I
      So there was somehow a message about the purchase of a plant for the production of UAVs in Iran!

      Reporting is not the same as buying and launching. No one has imprisoned or shot "effective managers", and therefore they continue to sow their dirty deeds. It is feared that some influential people are hoping for a "Gorbachev version" of deciding their fate by surrendering to Russia. "Peace" for Libya, Iraq, Yugoslavia shows what this leads to, but for the Russians, the fate of the "Indian reservations" will seem like paradise. How to prevent this, each of us will have to think, and what everyone can do.
  7. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 16 December 2022 13: 06
    Recently they wrote that our cheap cast iron is great. And their air defense is successfully destroyed to zero.
    And suddenly the other way around...

    Purchases of weapons from some "terribly advanced" Iran or Korea are evidence of some inconsistency in production and management
  8. usm5 Offline usm5
    usm5 (George) 16 December 2022 13: 41
    When will the leadership of the Russian Federation realize that without strikes with tactical nuclear weapons on the rear infrastructure of Ukraine, this war can continue indefinitely. These strikes must be combined with strikes on the NATO space constellation. The US has already taken the first step by firing a railgun with a ballistic calculator from the X-37 killer satellite (3-4 mm steel ball) on the skin of the Russian transport ship to the ISS. Another challenge has been issued. Now the Russian Federation must respond with "Reapers", depriving American weapons on earth of target designations from space. If necessary, it is necessary to break diplomatic relations with collaborating countries and, after appropriate warnings, strike at decision-making centers and military infrastructure. This is how winners should behave. And if the gut is thin or the arms are short, then there is nothing to portray significance and it is pointless to shed the blood of Russian soldiers. We must show courage, honestly admit our failure to our people and let other leaders rule the country.
    1. Nelton Offline Nelton
      Nelton (Oleg) 16 December 2022 14: 10
      Quote from usm5
      And if the gut is thin or the arms are short, then there is nothing to portray significance and it is pointless to shed the blood of Russian soldiers. We must show courage, honestly admit our failure to our people and let other leaders rule the country.

      To fight with NATO with conventional weapons - the stump is clear, the gut is thin.
      They were not going to such a war.
      They were going to take almost no shots for 2 weeks, under greetings and hugs from the local population.
      And how it turned out...

      So what was the strategist supposed to do, realizing the whole depth?
      That's right, at least liberate the Donetsk-Luhansk region.
      But it didn't work out here either.

      But, unexpectedly for everyone, the economy is holding up surprisingly decently.
      So it comes down to a strategy of who will be the first to get tired of the war so much that they will agree to the surrender of territories that they consider their own.
  9. zenion Offline zenion
    zenion (zinovy) 16 December 2022 21: 21
    So after all, such bombs were used by the Germans during the Second World War, to bombard the American and British fleets. So they did very well.
  10. Semyon Sukhov Offline Semyon Sukhov
    Semyon Sukhov (Semyon Sukhov) 16 December 2022 21: 56
    Chewing snot usually leads to adverse consequences ...
  11. hlp5118 Offline hlp5118
    hlp5118 (hlp) 16 December 2022 22: 07
    The further into the forest, the more firewood. We still do not know our excellent students who planned the SVO in this way. Graceful and beautiful.
  12. Sergei N Offline Sergei N
    Sergei N (Sergey N) 17 December 2022 21: 11
    And once NPO "Basalt" proposed to equip free-falling aerial bombs with planning and correction modules. Apparently then the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation was not interested in this. And now such bombs would be very useful!
  13. Rinat Offline Rinat
    Rinat (Rinat) 21 December 2022 09: 23
    Under the circumstances, it is NATO that is forced to respond to our attacks on critical infrastructure. The answer is short, we will fuck ... We will beat, NATO planes hit like before. Sirozha again confuses cause and effect.
  14. Rinat Offline Rinat
    Rinat (Rinat) 21 December 2022 09: 38
    Quote from usm5
    When will the leadership of the Russian Federation realize that without strikes with tactical nuclear weapons on the rear infrastructure of Ukraine, this war can continue indefinitely.

    Our troops on the territory of the former Ukrainian SSR, which are very limited in number and in actions, with conventional, mostly old and partly new weapons, are already killing the second composition of the Armed Forces. The second composition, together with the weapons delivered in recent months. The first train, together with the equipment, was already sold out by May. So only idiots and provocateurs can offer to roam their land with nuclear weapons. Thank God, our top political and military leadership does not succumb to such idiotic provocations. Stick such a provocation somewhere, yourself, so that no one sees.
  15. Ilya 22 Offline Ilya 22
    Ilya 22 (Ilya) 20 January 2023 07: 44
    One question arises. What did our military industry do before. Why does Iran, which has been under sanctions for 40 years, have all this, but we, which sent the first man into space, do not.