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Expert`s Opinion: russians Can Use Not Only Su-57 Aircraft to Launch New Kh-69 Missile

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New russian Kh-69 cruise missile / Open source illustrative photo
New russian Kh-69 cruise missile / Open source illustrative photo

If russian aircraft can carry Kh-59, why are they allegedly unable to carry Kh-69

russian Kh-69 cruise missile can be launched not only from modern Su-57 (NATO reporting name: Felon) multirole fighter. The first sample of this missile was recently spotted near Ukrainian border. The fact is that it can also be carried by older aircraft, such as Su-35 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-E), Su-34 (NATO reporting name: Fullback), and even Su-30 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-C/G/H) aircraft.

Expert`s Opinion: russians Can Use Not Only Su-57 Aircraft to Launch New Kh-69 Missile, Defense Express
New russian Kh-69 cruise missile / Open source illustrative photo

This was stated by Ukrainian aviation expert Anatoliy Khrapchynsky on the air FreeDom channel. According to him, this missile was the result of modernization of the older Kh-59, which can be carried by other russian aircraft.

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"About the Kh-69 missile. It is believed that it is used only from modern russian Su-57 aircraft. I do not agree with this, because the platform of so-called aircraft catapults involves the use of different types of weapons," he said.

The expert emphasized that if the Su-30, Su-34 and Su-35 aircraft can carry Kh-59, it will be unclear why they are allegedly unable to carry Kh-69 missile. There is almost no difference between them, except the increased range from 300 km to 400 km.

Expert`s Opinion: russians Can Use Not Only Su-57 Aircraft to Launch New Kh-69 Missile, Defense Express
The range of damage from the hypothetical launch areas of the Kh-69 with a range of 400 km

The MIM-104 Patriot SAM system presumably can be effective against new russian Kh-69 missiles that destroyed the Trypilska TPP. This air defense system was able to shoot down more sophisticated airborne threats such as the 3M22 Zircon and Kh-47M2 Kinzhal missiles.

Expert`s Opinion: russians Can Use Not Only Su-57 Aircraft to Launch New Kh-69 Missile, Defense Express
Trypilska TPP after the strikes by russian missiles on April 11 / Open source photo

Earlier Defense Express reported that Pistorius had said that Germany "immediately" sends Patriot to Ukraine.

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