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Concern "Kalashnikov" modernizes aircraft guided missile "Vikhr"

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Concern "Kalashnikov" modernizes aircraft guided missile "Vikhr"

Aviation The Vikhr guided missile will be modernized, the work will be carried out by the Kalashnikov concern together with the missile developer KBP JSC. This was reported by the press service of the concern within armory exhibition IDEX-2021, held in Abu Dhabi.


The concern has planned to carry out work on the modernization of the Vikhr aircraft guided missile, which will begin this year. The details of the planned work were not disclosed, earlier it was reported about plans to increase the missile's engagement range.

Since 2021, the Kalashnikov Concern, together with the missile developer KBP JSC, has planned development work to modernize the Vikhr guided missile to improve all tactical and technical characteristics

- said in a statement.

The 9K121M Vikhr-M missile system with the 9M127-1 Vikhr-1 missile was developed at the end of the eighties at the Tula Instrument Design Bureau (KBP) and was intended for installation on attack aircraft and attack helicopters. The complex was officially adopted in 1992, but mass production began only in 2013, when a contract was signed for the production of missiles in the amount of 13 billion rubles. Rearmament to a new missile system was carried out in the period from 2013 to 2015.

The main purpose of the missile is to destroy armored vehicles, including those with active armor, as well as air targets at speeds up to 800 km / h. Its launch height is up to 4000 meters, and the maximum firing range is 10 kilometers.

The complex was used on the Su-25 attack aircraft and the Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters. It is assumed that the modernization of the missile is taking place within the framework of the program for the unification of the armament of the Ka-52 and Mi-28NM helicopters; the new missile will go into service with the Night Hunter.
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  1. Victor_B
    Victor_B 23 February 2021 08: 10
    +3
    More rockets, good and different!
    And in this case - there is no limit to perfection!
    But we must strive for it.
    If the modernization potential is not exhausted - to modernize, "without waiting for peritonitis"
    1. alexmach
      alexmach 23 February 2021 11: 25
      +2
      More rockets, good and different!
      And in this case - there is no limit to perfection!

      Seriously? What is perfection? Is it that the Mi-24, Mi-28 have some missiles and the Ka-52 have others? Not only are there 2 helicopters in the same niche, and their weapons are different? Do you need more of them?
      1. Alex777
        Alex777 23 February 2021 16: 15
        +1
        Whirlwind is a good rocket. Better to upgrade than throw away.
        Hermes is even better but, I think, significantly more expensive.
        But the fact that we don’t need excessive diversity - I support it.
        1. alexmach
          alexmach 23 February 2021 21: 20
          +3
          Perhaps the problem of different types is smoothed out by the fact that mass-produced UR for helicopters was not produced?
  2. Vladimir_2U
    Vladimir_2U 23 February 2021 08: 15
    +6
    I wonder how they will improve? Without the GOS, there is little sense from the increased range, and it is already frivolous to direct along the beam.
    1. Roma 1977
      Roma 1977 23 February 2021 09: 43
      +1
      It is not a problem to detect a "tank" -type target from a helicopter and bring a missile to it along a laser beam at a distance of 10 km.
      1. Vladimir_2U
        Vladimir_2U 23 February 2021 17: 24
        +3
        Quote: Roma-1977
        it is not a problem to bring a rocket to it along a laser beam at a distance of 10 km.

        The problem is that the helicopter will be in full view of the air defense all this time.
        1. Roma 1977
          Roma 1977 24 February 2021 08: 36
          0
          This is solved by increasing the firing range to 10 km and the average flight speed of the rocket to 600 m / s. That is, even at a maximum distance of less than 30 seconds, it takes to bring the missile to the target. At the same time, we take into account that return fire from a distance of more than 2 kilometers at a low-flying helicopter is ineffective.
          1. Vladimir_2U
            Vladimir_2U 24 February 2021 09: 38
            +2
            Quote: Roma-1977
            At the same time, we take into account that return fire from a distance of more than 2 kilometers at a low-flying helicopter is ineffective.
            Is that how you see modern air defense? SAM based on AMRAAM with ARLGSN for 20 km hits, and is considered very effective against low-flying targets that are not observed with air defense systems
            1. Roma 1977
              Roma 1977 24 February 2021 10: 40
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              If the helicopter is in an area densely saturated with modern air defense systems, then no active seeker on the ATGM will save it. Therefore, the suppression of air defense systems is a separate and paramount task of aviation and rocket artillery. But after this suppression, helicopters should begin to work on ground targets, whose air defense capabilities are significantly limited. It is also worth taking into account the tactics of using helicopters, when most of the time the helicopter is hiding behind the folds of the terrain, and has the initiative to detect ground targets and strike at them from the most advantageous positions, most of the time remaining unnoticed by the enemy. The use of small arms and MANPADS against low-flying helicopters at distances over 2 kilometers is ineffective. And to combat echeloned air defense, completely different forces are used, and not fire support helicopters.
              1. Vladimir_2U
                Vladimir_2U 24 February 2021 10: 57
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                Quote: Roma-1977
                Therefore, the suppression of air defense systems is a separate and paramount task of aviation and rocket artillery. But after this suppression, helicopters should begin to work on ground targets, whose air defense capabilities are significantly limited.
                Either the Americans get out of hand with overhead radars and Hellfires with ARLGSN.
                1. Roma 1977
                  Roma 1977 24 February 2021 11: 03
                  0
                  This is a solution to the same problem by other (more expensive means).
      2. Cympak
        Cympak 23 February 2021 22: 35
        0
        If you modify the "Whirlwind" with the LLKU, then first of all you need to increase the flight speed, which will reduce the time from a shot to a hit, and also add a flight mode with a maneuver in the final section and hitting the target in the roof.
  3. Bradley
    Bradley 23 February 2021 08: 34
    +3
    And what about Hermes-A, was it adopted? And then for a long time nothing has been heard about this ATGM.
    1. Private-K
      Private-K 23 February 2021 09: 13
      +4
      Quote: Bradley
      And what about Hermes-A, was it adopted? And then for a long time nothing has been heard about this ATGM.

      Accepted no later than 2019. Only it is called "Klevok".
      1. Bradley
        Bradley 23 February 2021 09: 41
        0
        Accepted no later than 2019. Only it is called "Klevok".

        Ooh, that's how.
    2. Alex777
      Alex777 23 February 2021 16: 17
      0
      There, for the adoption of a full-fledged version of the radar on a helicopter, an appropriate one is needed.
  4. Pavel57
    Pavel57 23 February 2021 08: 49
    0
    It is interesting how the complex works on an air target.
    1. Jacket in stock
      Jacket in stock 23 February 2021 10: 27
      0
      Quote: Pavel57
      It is interesting how the complex works on an air target.

      And what's the difference, ground, air, the main thing is not to maneuver.
  5. Konnick
    Konnick 23 February 2021 09: 03
    +6
    No one even remembers the unification of weapons, the wild variety of guided and homing missiles, in the event of hostilities, the logistics will be confused.
    1. Roma 1977
      Roma 1977 23 February 2021 10: 35
      0
      If in the helicopter regiment all the helicopters are sharpened for one weapon system, then there will be no problems with logistics.
      1. alexmach
        alexmach 23 February 2021 11: 26
        +2
        If in a helicopter regiment all helicopters are sharpened for one weapon system, then there are problems with logistics at shelf level will not be

        corrected a little.
        1. Roma 1977
          Roma 1977 23 February 2021 11: 51
          +1
          Yes. I meant that in Syria, for example, the regimental level in logistics is quite sufficient to complete all tasks.
  6. Jacket in stock
    Jacket in stock 23 February 2021 10: 26
    +1
    The complex was officially adopted in 1992, but mass production began only in 2013,

    Aaaaabaldet.
    What, right in the form that it was?
    Miracles.
    And just now you are going to upgrade?
  7. Petio
    Petio 23 February 2021 10: 42
    0
    Good and fast missile for line of sight arrows. And about Hermes-A, there is something similar in the Orion video in Syria. The tube rocket is very similar to Hermes.
    1. Roma 1977
      Roma 1977 23 February 2021 11: 53
      0
      I got the impression that it was not Hermes. But they won't tell us the truth soon.
      1. Petio
        Petio 23 February 2021 16: 01
        0
        The freeze frame after launch showed a long two-stage rocket very similar to Hermes.
    2. alexmach
      alexmach 23 February 2021 17: 56
      0
      Trumpet rocket is very similar to Hermes

      How does it look like? so that also a rocket?
  8. Pavel57
    Pavel57 23 February 2021 10: 44
    +1
    Quote: Jacket in stock
    And what's the difference, ground, air, the main thing is not to maneuver.

    Are there air targets that do not maneuver?
  9. CastroRuiz
    CastroRuiz 23 February 2021 10: 48
    +1
    Posle Germes (a) etot Vikhr bezpolezniy, modernizovaniy ili net.
    Unifikacia.
    1. Roma 1977
      Roma 1977 23 February 2021 11: 56
      0
      A slightly different purpose. "Hermes" is like a "pocket OTRK with ATGM function", and "Whirlwind" - like "ATGM with increased capabilities."
  10. Nikolaevich I
    Nikolaevich I 23 February 2021 13: 51
    +2
    And what will the modernization be like? Increasing range? "Interestingly the girls are dancing!" The fact is that at the end of the last century, a series of 9M227 missiles was developed within the framework of the Whirlwind missile program! The laser-beam version of the 9M227 had a higher speed than the 9M127 and a range of up to 12-14 km! Moreover, missiles with thermal imaging and passive radar seeker were developed in this series! Already repeatedly you come across the fact that the "new" proposed now turns out to be well forgotten "old"!
    1. Sochi
      Sochi 23 February 2021 19: 41
      +1
      Duc everything is new .... well forgotten old. It's just that now there is a new element base, although it will not work just to cram it instead of the old one. It is necessary to work out the schemes, reliability, durability of storage, etc. ... and this is the modernization Only now it happens that in the process of modernization, an absolutely new system is obtained ...
      Happy Holidays!
  11. max702
    max702 24 February 2021 19: 17
    0
    Here the other day about the hypersonic "gremlin" hinted at other toys .. In light of this, there may be more interesting news ..