IDEX 2017

Gliding in from Sudan [IDEX17D5]

23 February 2017

Featured as part of a large display from Sudan’s Military Industry Corporation (MIC-Sudan, Stand 12-D30) is the BK-3 Burkan precision-guided glide bomb. The weapon has been developed by the SAFAT Aviation Group and is in service with the Sudanese air force. It is cleared for carriage by the air force’s Mikoyan MiG-29, Sukhoi Su-24 and Hongdu A-5 tactical aircraft.

Weighing 270kg, the BK-3 has a blast fragmentation warhead and is suspended from standard 14-in lugs. The weapon has a tail guidance section and a pop-out wing kit that allows it to reach out to 80km when launched from an altitude of 32,800ft (10,000m). Guidance is by a combination of an inertial system with GPS/GLONASS satellite positioning.

Target location co-ordinates can be programmed prior to launch, or updated from the cockpit in flight.

Also on display on the stand is the nine-round ASML-07 rocket launcher, which has been developed in Sudan. Here at IDEX it is displayed on a representation of the weapon-carrying stub wing of a Mil Mi-24 ‘Hind’ attack helicopter.

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