C4iSR: Maritime

Arms and Security 2019: Ukraine’s Yuzhnoye introduces new supersonic ASM development

10 October 2019

A model of Ukraine’s Bliskavka long-range supersonic, air-launched missile on display at this month's Arms and Security 2019 defence exhibition. Source: Reuben Johnson

Key Points

  • Design bureau Yuzhnoye has detailed its progress on a new Ukrainian ASM called the Bliskavka
  • The missile is designed to exceed the performance of the Russian Kh-31 ASM

Ukrainian design bureau Yuzhnoye has revealed the next phase of a previously unannounced programme to develop a long-range, supersonic, air-to-surface missile (ASM) designated the Bliskavka ('Lightning').

The bureau announced the programme at Ukraine's Arms and Security 2019 defence exhibition, held in Kiev from 8-11 October.

The Bliskavka will be in the same performance class as the Russian-made Kh-31, one of the programme's designers told Jane's , but will be slightly faster than the Russian missile's Mach 3.5 top speed and have a longer range.

Like the Kh-31, the Bliskavka will be built with three different seekers: an active homing seeker for the anti-ship role; an electro-optical seeker; and a passive, anti-radiation seeker for Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses missions.

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