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​The Defenders of Ukraine Destroy russian Kh-32 Supersonic Missile with SAM System

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russian Tu-22M3 with a Kh-32 missile before the first test launch in February 2021 / Open source photo
russian Tu-22M3 with a Kh-32 missile before the first test launch in February 2021 / Open source photo

During another russian terrorist attack on April 19, Ukrainian air defense destroyed russian Kh-32 missile

During this attack, russian occupiers struck at the territory of Odesa Oblast. Terrorists used Kh-32 supersonic air-launched cruise missiles for this purpose. According to the Ukrainian Air Force, Ukrainian air defense managed to shoot down two of the six missiles. Photo of the downed Kh-32 was published by one of the Ukrainian Telegram channels.

The Defenders of Ukraine Destroy russian Kh-32 Supersonic Missile with SAM System, Defense Express
Destroyed russian Kh-32 missile / Photo credit: t.me/war_home

It is claimed that Kh-32 missile was shot down by an anti-aircraft missile. As evidence, the photo of the right wing console with holes caused by the striking elements was published.

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The Defenders of Ukraine Destroy russian Kh-32 Supersonic Missile with SAM System, Defense Express
Destroyed russian Kh-32 missile / Photo credit: t.me/war_home

Kh-32 missile is a Russian supersonic air-launched cruise missile with a range of 600–1000 km developed by the MKB Raduga from the Kh-22. The missile was accepted to service in 2016 as armament for the Tu-22M3M bombers. Work on the deep modernization of the Kh-22 missile began in the late 1980s, due to the low immunity of its guidance radar operating at fixed frequencies.

The Defenders of Ukraine Destroy russian Kh-32 Supersonic Missile with SAM System, Defense Express
The Kh-22 long-range anti-ship missile / Open source illustrative photo

The Kh-32 missile is made in the Kh-22 case and their geometrical dimensions are identical. Warhead weight has been reduced to 500 kg to improve range.

It has a new, more powerful engine. A new interference-free radar inertial guidance system with radio command correction and reference to the terrain was installed. Instead of autopilot installed automatic control system.

Earlier Defense Express reported about P-750 Meteorit strategic missile which had been USSR's last ambitious weapon with plasma and a 6-ton booster.

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