| Raduga Kh-15 |
(NATO reporting name: AS-16 'Kickback')
|Type||Air-launched ballistic missile|
|Place of origin||Soviet Union|
|Manufacturer||Dubna Machine-building Plant|
|Mass||1,200 kg (2,650 lb)|
|Length||478 cm (15 ft 8 in)|
|Diameter||45.5 cm (17.9 in)|
|Warhead||conventional or nuclear|
|Warhead weight||150 kg (331 lb)|
|Blast yield||300 kt|
|Wingspan||92 cm (36.2 in) maximum|
|300 km (160 nmi)|
|Flight ceiling||40,000 m (130,000 ft)|
|Maximum speed||Up to Mach 5|
|inertial guidance, active radar homing, or anti-radiation missile|
|Su-33, Su-34, Tu-95MS-6, Tu-22M3, and Tu-160|
The Raduga Kh-15 or RKV-15 (Russian: Х-15; NATO: AS-16 "Kickback"; GRAU:) is a Russian hypersonic aero-ballistic missile carried by the Tupolev Tu-22M and other bombers. Originally a standoff nuclear weapon similar to the U.S. Air Force's AGM-69 SRAM, versions with conventional warheads have been developed.
As of early 2019, it was uncertain whether the Kh-15 was in service, with rumors that it had been retired or placed in storage.
In 1967, MKB Raduga started developing the Kh-2000 as a replacement for the Kh-22 AS-4 'Kitchen' heavy anti-shipping missile. Development of the Kh-15 started some time in the early 1970s. The sophistication of the design made it suitable for other roles, and a nuclear-tipped version was developed in tandem with the conventionally armed variant. An upgrade under development was cancelled in 1991, but reports in 1998 suggested an upgraded Kh-15 might be fitted to Su-35 (Flanker-E) tactical aircraft.
The Kh-15 climbs to an altitude of about 40,000 m (130,000 ft) and then dives in on the target, accelerating to a speed of about Mach 5.
Kh-15 from rear