Military Review

Covert and overt: Product 506 air-launched cruise missile

44

Loading of the Kh-101 cruise missile into the Tu-160 cargo bay


In the foreseeable future, Russian distant Aviation can expect a new rearmament. Its arsenals will include a promising air-launched cruise missile known as the Product 506. Open data so far reveal only the very fact of its existence and some possible technical features. However, such information is also of great interest.

According to open data


Izvestia recently recalled the promising project "506". On November 10, it published an article in which it collected all the available open data about this development, and also tried to make predictions and estimates. How much they correspond to reality is a big question that will remain unanswered for now.

Izvestia reminds that the designation "Product 506" first appeared in open materials in 2015. Then the State Medical Design Bureau "Raduga" concluded with LII them. MM. Gromov, a contract for the preparation of the test site for flight tests of a certain product numbered "506". At the same time, it is known that "Raduga" is the leading domestic developer of missile weapons, and it was this enterprise that created all modern ALCMs for strategic aviation.

The next time an unknown project in 2016 was mentioned in his interview by the general director of JSC "GosNIIMash" Igor Kuznetsov. It was stated that the company was working on a number of projects, incl. above "Product 506", which will show the highest performance. However, no details were given.

In the fall of 2017, the Raduga State Design Bureau posted an application for the purchase of certain components on the State Procurement website. They were planned to be used in the manufacture of certain products "506". It is noteworthy that these products were mentioned as an integral part of the development work with the "Romance" code.


The connection of the 506 project with long-range aviation became known last year. As Izvestia reminds, Tupolev PJSC has placed ads on specialized services seeking a deputy chief designer and project manager for R & D with the index "70M-506". From the applicant, among other things, experience in the development and testing of guided aircraft weapons was required.

Izvestia writes that the 70M index, according to open data, is assigned to an urgent project for the modernization of the Tu-160 strategic missile carrier. Accordingly, "Product 506" can be a new model of missile weapons for such aircraft.

The last mentions of the project "506" in the published documents refer to the recent past. Thus, at the beginning of this year, the Ministry of Defense applied to the Moscow Arbitration Court with a claim against Tupolev. The reason for the claim was delays in work on the "Product 506", and the plaintiff demanded compensation in the amount of 5,5 billion rubles. The requirement was met in part, but the details were not disclosed.

The technical aspects of Project 506 are largely unknown. However, Izvestia mentions that in 2016, 37P Products, developed by the Omsk Engine-Building Design Bureau, figured in this context. As far as we know, the number "37" hides a family of small-sized turbojet engines used in modern cruise missiles.

Secret and obvious


So from different posts and News a very curious picture is emerging. It turns out that, at least since the mid-tenths, our defense industry has been developing a new model of guided weapons for long-range aviation. With its help, both existing and newly built missile carriers will be armed.


Tu-160 - the future carrier of the "506" product

A promising rocket and the aviation complex as a whole are being created by enterprises with extensive experience in this area, which makes it possible to count on obtaining all the desired results. However, even the leading representatives of the industry may face difficulties, and this has recently led to litigation.

The available data allow us to build versions regarding the appearance and capabilities of the future 506 missile. However, there is still little information, and any predictions may turn out to be far from the real state of affairs. It is better to wait for the official messages about the new development, which will contain the necessary and admissible information for distribution.

An obvious step


Currently, the ammunition load of Russian strategic aviation missile carriers includes several types of ALCMs with different characteristics and capabilities. They are designed to destroy stationary enemy targets at a strategic depth of defense and are capable of carrying conventional or nuclear combat equipment.

The basic one weapons bombers Tu-95MS and Tu-160 for several decades, the product Kh-55 and its modifications, incl. the latest missile Kh-555. Several years ago, these aircraft received more advanced Kh-101 and Kh-102 missiles with similar characteristics. For a long time, all existing ALCMs were used only as part of exercises, and since 2015 they have been regularly used for real targets in Syria.

In addition to the Kh-55/555 and Kh-101/102, a new aircraft missile system "506" is being developed. The performance characteristics of this development are unknown, but it is obvious that in one way or another it will increase the combat potential of strategic aviation.


How this growth will be ensured is unclear. Perhaps the new missile will receive an improved glider with reduced visibility, will show an increased flight range, or it will be able to carry an improved warhead of one or different types. You can also expect the use of modern and more advanced controls and guidance, which will further improve the overall combat performance.

According to reports 2020-21. to date, the "Product 506" has reached the stage of integration with the armament complex of the carrier aircraft. At this stage, some difficulties arose, however, the continuation of the work will allow the start of flight tests in the near future. Accordingly, over the next few years, our strategic aviation will be able to acquire completely new weapons.

Continuous process


Thus, despite all the difficulties, the Russian industry is fulfilling the order of the Ministry of Defense and continues to develop a completely new air-launched cruise missile. It is not known exactly when and with what results it will be completed, but it is obvious that such a project is of great importance and is necessary for our videoconferencing.

It is easy to see that the development of the new missile "Product 506" started almost simultaneously with the adoption of the previous ALCM models. In other words, after completing the development of one product, the industry began to design the next. This shows that the Ministry of Defense and industry are organizing a continuous process of developing strategic aviation weapons. Thanks to this, our long-range bombers of existing and future types will be able to regularly receive modern and effective weapons - with understandable consequences for their combat effectiveness and potential.
Author:
Photos used:
Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, "UAC"
44 comments
Ad

Subscribe to our Telegram channel, regularly additional information about the special operation in Ukraine, a large amount of information, videos, something that does not fall on the site: https://t.me/topwar_official

Information
Dear reader, to leave comments on the publication, you must sign in.
  1. Pashhenko Nikolay
    Pashhenko Nikolay 11 November 2021 18: 07
    +41
    A whole article from zero data. Bravo Kirill.
    1. Seld
      Seld 11 November 2021 18: 45
      +12
      Definitely. The author just had to type the amount of text to receive the fee.
    2. knn54
      knn54 11 November 2021 19: 14
      -2
      A relatively miniature ultra-precise stealth cruise missile.
      The range is more than 2000 km.
      1. Barberry25
        Barberry25 11 November 2021 19: 41
        +6
        or less, until there is no performance characteristics, one can only guess
        1. lucul
          lucul 11 November 2021 20: 00
          -8
          or less, until there is no performance characteristics, one can only guess

          Well, what is there to guess? It is clear that while developing Caliber, ours received a new chemical formula, with a higher efficiency for solid-fuel rocket engines, and now it is being introduced into all weapon niches.
          As a result, an increased range / speed of flight.
          1. Eug
            Eug 11 November 2021 22: 17
            +13
            As for me - a super achievement, in terms of fuels - especially solid, pasty, free-flowing - the Union lagged behind the foe.
          2. JD1979
            JD1979 11 November 2021 23: 22
            +14
            Um..maa .... Can you tell me how to feed TT into a turbojet engine ... to melt or grind?
          3. zyablik.olga
            zyablik.olga 12 November 2021 01: 50
            +11
            Quote: lucul
            It is clear that while developing Calibers, ours received a new chemical formula, with a higher efficiency for solid-fuel rocket engines.

            Are you raving? wassat On the KR "Caliber" cruise double-circuit are used turbojet engines... Start is carried out using solid fuel accelerator, which in no way affects the speed / range. Or do "yours" in Belarus have their own "Calibers"?
            1. svp67
              svp67 17 November 2021 13: 49
              0
              Quote: zyablik.olga
              The start is carried out using a solid fuel booster, which in no way affects the speed / range.

              But how to say, without these accelerators, is our RC capable of showing the required characteristics in terms of speed and range?
              1. zyablik.olga
                zyablik.olga 18 November 2021 00: 58
                +4
                The purpose of any launch booster is to give the aircraft minimal the speed required to continue the controlled flight and launch the propulsion engines. If it were a SAM, I would agree with you. But taking into account the range and speed of the flight of the KR on the route, solid-fuel boosters in this case do not have any effect.
      2. bayard
        bayard 12 November 2021 03: 09
        +10
        Quote: knn54
        A relatively miniature ultra-precise stealth cruise missile.
        The range is more than 2000 km.

        There was previously information about the development of a certain KR X-50 for the Tu-160 and Tu-22M3, and for the Tu-160 BK it was supposed to be 24 pieces. , range up to 2500 km. , stealth technology, shorter length with greater "fullness". Such a rocket itself asked for development and it is quite possible that this is it, but under a different index.
        The Tu-160 has large armament bays, with such CDs they should fit four drums of 6 pcs. on each. BC for the Tu-22M3 should be 10 such CDs.
    3. dauria
      dauria 12 November 2021 04: 24
      +3
      A whole article from zero data. Bravo Kirill.

      Why from scratch? There is valuable information. The chief manager-economist was found, and the one who will make the rocket is looking for an ad. laughing .
    4. Aag
      Aag 12 November 2021 21: 17
      +3
      Quote: Pashhenko Nikolay
      A whole article from zero data. Bravo Kirill.

      The author writes from what he has (note, he does not add fables from himself! hi ).
      With us, it seems, now everything is so - "can do", "will do, presumably by ... a year" (as usual, with a shift of time to the right ..). The main thing is here and now to calm down, to inspire the layman ... Minus! - who has not noticed this in the last ... years!
    5. Ros 56
      Ros 56 13 November 2021 09: 29
      0
      Well, they raised your spirits! lol
  2. Nikolaevich I
    Nikolaevich I 11 November 2021 18: 08
    +9

    Well, something like this ! I didn't know about the "product 506" ... well, the roll with it! All the same, nothing is clear; but the sediment remained!
    1. Observer2014
      Observer2014 12 November 2021 19: 47
      -2
      Well, something like this ! I didn't know about the "product 506" ... well, the roll with it! All the same, nothing is clear; but the sediment remained!
      Pour epoxy on you for history. Together with your "don't talk" ... laughing There you will decompose less. yes
  3. A. h. 52
    A. h. 52 11 November 2021 18: 11
    -4
    It may or may not be accepted ...
    The article is not about the rocket, but about variations of the name, which "periodically surfaced in the press." In short, what is proud of plastic Chess, let's be proud of the paper title in the newspaper. We've already taken care of ...
  4. anjey
    anjey 11 November 2021 18: 49
    +6
    Well, it's like in that movie.
    do you see a gopher No, but he is! laughing
  5. Ross xnumx
    Ross xnumx 11 November 2021 19: 39
    +1
    It is not known exactly when and with what results it will be completed, but it is obvious that such a project is of great importance and is necessary for our videoconferencing.

    Leonid Filatov wrote about this:
    Sorry, mistress,
    Anto is not about us!
    If only a schematic drawing was made -
    We would have started a vertice.
    Well, and so - look as you want,
    You will find the bald trait!
    Where to look and how to get
    To-FAQ-Can't-be-it-be?
    After all, he’s not in the world,
    How much land does not dig! ..

    ==========
    I share the author's experiences:
    The performance characteristics of this development are unknown, but it is obvious that in one way or another it will increase the combat potential of strategic aviation. How this growth will be ensured is unclear. Perhaps the new missile will receive an improved glider with reduced visibility, will show an increased flight range, or it will be able to carry an improved warhead of one or different types.

    and I dare to suggest that the main parameter of the product may relate to hypersonic speed and the improvement (development of different types) of warheads. The revolving mechanism of a bomber can perfectly use exactly these possible performance characteristics by choice.
    1. Barberry25
      Barberry25 11 November 2021 19: 47
      +1
      Nuuu hypersound is a good topic, but it seems that several missiles are already sawing, it is more optimal to saw a subsonic cruise stealth missile, and it is desirable that not only for Carcasses, but also that it was possible to hang on the Su-34 and that the range of 2 km was, and also GOS from Caliber. An updated version of the x-500 so to speak. Then it would be ideal ... so to say the answer to all questions at once ... a su-55 with three such missiles will be a success
      1. Ross xnumx
        Ross xnumx 11 November 2021 20: 54
        +3
        Quote: Barberry25
        then it would be ideal ... so to say the answer to all the questions at once ... a su-34 with three such missiles will be a success

        An interesting version. Has a right to exist. Well, let's think together. China has just boasted of a hypersonic missile that circled the globe. Interception of hypersonic products is accompanied by the difficulty of interception, and, in addition, a hypersonic carrier has a short delivery time of warheads to a given target.
        Unobtrusive subsonic carriers can have a fairly high range, but at the same time have a greater chance of being shot down by air defense systems or interceptors.
        What do we choose? Guaranteed success at a sufficient distance (for a bomber) hypersound or dubious hitting a target with stealth missiles that have chances only against gang formations? Is it worth the candle? You can successfully upgrade the same "Caliber" or minimize the "Daggers" ...
        There will be time, we will return and check our assumptions. It's not for us to carry bags ...
        hi
        1. Barberry25
          Barberry25 11 November 2021 21: 53
          +2
          Well, what are the important points in favor of subsonics? They are cheaper, how much does hypersound cost, I don’t know, but the fact that each rocket will cost a couple of hundred million rubles minimum is a fact, we have big problems with the carriers: how much is the Tu-160, Tu-95 or we have a Tu-22m? 140 machine on the list, but combat-ready? 100 machines will be ... Ie. we do not have cruise missile carriers - the longest-range air-launched missile for the su-30/34 is an upgraded Kh-59 with a range of 290 km, of course there is an x-35u, which has a range of up to 500 km, BUT they are not yet available, but for the Americans, any f-16 can carry the AGM-158 JASSM-ER with a range of 980 km. And in the case of a modern conflict, such missiles will come in handy ... and there will be a LOT of them ... because if you succeed in suppressing ground air defense, you will need to strike to the full depth ... Or, say, the fight against the same enemy fleet - Hypersonic topic, but this is 1 400 km, but the X-55SM can fly 3 km ... ie. you can almost launch them from the shore and sink enemy ships .. The main thing is to show that there is no nuclear warhead and that's all .. ahead and with the song .. and carriers in the form of su-500/30 34 boards .. this is more than enough .. we have a gap and it needs to be repaired with something
        2. Serg Kam
          Serg Kam 12 November 2021 01: 17
          -1
          Guaranteed success at a sufficient distance (for a bomber) hypersound or dubious hitting a target with stealth missiles,

          And why does hypersound have guaranteed success?
          And what is hypersound anyway? Officially, no one ever divulges the characteristics, and journalists chatter what they like.
          Where does she even fly on hypersound? At heights of tens of kilometers? So such missiles have been flying since the Second World War, and they learned how to deal with them a long time ago.
          If it flies near the ground, then there is such air resistance that it is necessary to drag thousands of tons of fuel (even taking into account the 100% efficiency of the engine).
          I am already silent about the plasma cloud, which inevitably arises at high speeds in the atmosphere, which glows on all radars like a Christmas tree, but makes the apparatus itself blind.
          So who guarantees success?
          1. Ross xnumx
            Ross xnumx 12 November 2021 08: 40
            0
            Quote: SergKam
            And why does hypersound have guaranteed success?

            And from the fact that there are no interceptors for hypersound ...
            1. Serg Kam
              Serg Kam 12 November 2021 09: 48
              -2
              And from the fact that there are no interceptors for hypersound ...

              And the Ministry of Defense says that the S400 intercepts hypersonic missiles.
              https://function.mil.ru/news_page/country/[email protected]

              Who's lying? Are you or the Ministry of Defense?
              And yes, even if there were no claims of interception of hypersound, what religion is stopping the detonation of a missile with a bunch of debris in the path of the hypersound? At this speed, any shard is guaranteed to disable the hypersound.
            2. Barberry25
              Barberry25 12 November 2021 18: 40
              -2
              at one time there was no supersonic sound, until they were developed, the point is that if you invest in one type of weapon, it can then come back to haunt ... the Americans are smarter in this regard, they have developed missiles for all types of aircraft, we have missiles with a range of 290 km, only in theory, they will begin to enter for fighters ... Yes, and you should not forget about the price ... In fact, in many countries, the air defense is purely nominal and in the case of a large batch on many objects it will be very pity to spend hyper-expensive daggers, and heavy bombers and There are not so many missiles of the x-101 level, and it is easier to fire fighters with a range of 150 km to attack distant objects right at the airfield ... so at least the pilots will survive ... but the appearance of a relatively cheap (well, a maximum of 40 million apiece) and a range of 2-3 thousand km will allow strikes across most of Europe and all of Japan, and in the "district", which will cause considerable damage and in fact make half of the European countries think about the fact that "do we need it?"
        3. Dmitry V.
          Dmitry V. 12 November 2021 10: 56
          +3
          Quote: ROSS 42
          hypersonic carrier has a short delivery time of warheads to a given target


          This statement is true only for short-range missiles.

          Gliders lifted into space by carriers and using a ricochet from the dense layers of the atmosphere have a longer flight time than an ICBM BB.

          And why would gliders have a higher speed?
          Both BB and gliders are displayed on the trajectory by carriers with comparable final speeds. At the same time, BB have optimal ballistic trajectories, and controlled gliders not only lose speed at low trajectories when braking against dense layers, but also maneuver along the course (what is their main advantage, and not speed at all, as illiterate journalists believe)

          The bottom graph shows the ability to maneuver on the Singer trajectory at the rate of + - 400 km

          Rough trajectory profile.
          And the main advantage is the later detection by missile defense radars:

          The difference in the detection range of the AP on traditional ballistic trajectories, low-trajectory AP and ricochet gliders.

          But here again, one must take into account that the same carrier will bring the maximum payload to the ballistic trajectory - i.e. 10 BB and a scattering of passive and quasi-heavy decoys, selection by the atmosphere of which will occur at altitudes of about 70 km at the target.
          On a low (suborbital) trajectory, the same carrier will bring 3-4 controlled BB with a smaller payload.
          And the only glider for a hypersonic trajectory.
  6. Stepan S
    Stepan S 12 November 2021 00: 17
    +4
    PJSC "Tupolev" posted on specialized services announcements about the search for the deputy chief designer and project manager for R&D with the index "70M-506". The applicant was required, among other things, to have experience in the development and testing of guided aircraft weapons.

    This is completely sad. Soon hh.ru will be looking for missile designers.
    1. Konnick
      Konnick 12 November 2021 00: 29
      +6
      Soon hh.ru will be looking for missile designers.

      They have been looking for a deputy for several years already, there was an announcement on the superjob about three years ago. They are looking for a ready-made specialist with specific knowledge, naive. It is necessary to train such specialists for years, and not to entice them from other companies. Yes, the salary was then offered at a ridiculous -130 thousand for such a level.
      By the way, the office is in the building where the "sharaga" was.
    2. dauria
      dauria 12 November 2021 04: 02
      +3
      This is completely sad. Soon hh.ru will be looking for missile designers.

      Rogozin has no relatives left?
      "The president of the country is required, a full social package, official employment."
      It also cut. Previously, the smart ones were singled out and trained around everything, from the very bottom, necessarily transferring them from department to department. Piece goods for a specific area.
      And here the chief does not know whom to put as his deputy? And how does he go on vacation?
      1. Piramidon
        Piramidon 12 November 2021 07: 08
        +1
        Quote: dauria
        And here the chief does not know whom to put as his deputy? And how does he go on vacation?

        Very simple. KB for the castle and the whole team on vacation. laughing
    3. Alexey RA
      Alexey RA 12 November 2021 14: 38
      0
      Quote: Stepan S
      This is completely sad. Soon hh.ru will be looking for missile designers.

      It will be very sad when they put up a task for designing a rocket on Freelance.ru
  7. Lyman1982
    Lyman1982 12 November 2021 01: 15
    -6
    In 2020, the average salary will be $ 2700, etc., etc., these are plans from 2008 in the message to the federal assembly, the conclusions themselves, the aircraft operated by the country that shot the royal family and then we will rename the city
  8. prior
    prior 12 November 2021 10: 04
    +1
    Everything was as if in a fog, but the author decided to add more to the fog.
    But the very bottom is - PJSC "Tupolev" posted on specialized services announcements about the search for the deputy chief designer and project manager for R&D with the index "70M-506».
    It is no different from "I need a welder with experience".
    Russia is great, and the deputy chief designer is looking for on the side according to the announcement! what The Varangian will come - the Varangian will do everything.
    It will come, but most likely it will be an efficient manager as usual.
    1. The comment was deleted.
  9. AC130 Gunship
    AC130 Gunship 12 November 2021 19: 52
    +1
    The article is about nothing. There seems to be some kind of rocket, but no one knows anything about it. It seems to be like there is an engine for it, but maybe it is not. It seems to be how they began to integrate with the carrier, but there is no confirmation of this information either.
    Result: MO is suing Tupolev, because they mastered the budget in full, a separate group of people (obviously) bought for themselves another villa in Montenegro in the name of a mother-in-law or a second cousin's niece, but there is still no rocket
  10. Crabong
    Crabong 13 November 2021 16: 12
    0
    Deputy ch. the constructor was searched for by the declaration!)
  11. The comment was deleted.
  12. mediumpro
    mediumpro 21 November 2021 15: 38
    0
    The author pulled the article out of the table. But what is known is direct. now "We are talking about the so-called" product 506 "- a miniature ultra-precise stealth missile capable of hitting almost any target from a distance of thousands of kilometers. Tu-160M ​​and Tu-95M. Izvestia has found out all the details of the implementation of one of the most closed domestic weapons programs. "
  13. Charik
    Charik 25 November 2021 13: 35
    0
    Can anyone clarify, the Kh-59MK is like an anti-ship, where ARGSN makes a slide before entering the target?
  14. Put__NIK
    Put__NIK 16 January 2022 18: 16
    0
    Master. Not everyone can suck the emptiness out of "0". Dodger.