Russia’s New Supersonic Bomb Threatens U.S. Interests

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Russia’s latest and most advanced precision-guided bomb – KAB-250 – is about to complete trials and is expected to be tested by the Kremlin in the Syrian military campaign, according to Russian media.

The KAB-250 is a ‘child’ of the larger KAB-500 PGM, which was debuted in September in Syria and is actively used in the ongoing bombings of U.S.-trained rebels.

Russian defense specialists develop two versions of the 250-kilogram KAB: a laser-guided version and a satellite-guided one. The bomb have already made the Pentagon and Washington minds concerned because the KAB-250 guided aerial bomb incorporates the latest advances in technology and science.

The bomb is based on the drop-and-forget principle and takes into account the experience of its KAB-500 predecessor during the Syrian military operation.

The bomb works the following way: (1) the inertial guidance system aims at the target area with the bomb, (2) then the bomb’s built-in computer directs the thermal homing head to acquire the aimed target from 1.2 to 1.8 miles away.

(3) The KAB-250’s thermal homing head runs a check on the just acquired image of the target and the reference image uploaded into its memory before discharge. (4) It corrects the trajectory in order for the deviation radius to not exceed three meters. (5) then the deadly bomb is launched.

Technical capabilities of the bomb

The KAB-250 is equipped with a fragmentation missile capable of destroying lightly vulnerable material, thin-skinned vehicles and equipment, as well as many other enemy military installations. The 10.5-feet long bomb can be dropped on a target either individually or in salvoes.

The KAB-250 weighs a total of 565 pounds, while a warhead is 365 pounds and the explosive is 200 pounds. In order to increase its glide range, Russian military engineers equipped the bomb with a complex compact tail design featuring four long-chord, short-span wings. The aerodynamic wings as well as munition close to neutral alignment provide greater range and high maneuverability.

The bomb falls from an aircraft at a rate of 655-1,150 feet per second, and can withstand any weather conditions at any time of the day. The bomb can also be adjusted with different trajectories and speeds of several Mach number.

How to counter Russia’s Mi-24 attack helicopters in Syria?

Russia’s ongoing three-week long military campaign in Syria has showed that the Mi-24 attack helicopter is Russian President Vladimir Putin’s favorite toy.

The highly-effective Syrian operations by Russian attack helicopters have left the U.S. and its regional allies scratching their heads over how to counter such a powerful Moscow’s military aircraft.

Ever since Russia started bombing U.S.-trained rebels in Syria, there have been numerous video reports in the Internet showing Russian Mi-24 attack helicopters, which are Russian army’s unique hybrid transport aircraft and gunship.

Syrian pilots have been flying in Russian helicopters for a while now, which is why it is impossible to say for certain whether Russian pilots are piloting Mi-24 attack helicopters during the ongoing military operation in Syria.

However, those who are watching the conflict closely suspect that it is most likely the Russians who are piloting Mi-24s, since the pilots show too good piloting skills, while videos show models of the new Mi-24 version, which the Syrian army does not have.

However, one of the videos showing a pair of Mi-24s flying at low altitudes and firing rockets showed a “top shelf, highly trained, very courageous, and highly aggressive Russian helicopter crew,” according to Christopher Harmer, an analyst at the Institute for the Study of War and a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, as reported by the Foreign Policy.

Russia is going to benefit even more if the Mi-24s are piloted by Russian highly-trained professional pilots, since these attack helicopters are capable of deploying personnel to different parts of Syria.

Sudden changes of Russian tactics in Syria

The Russian Mi-24 helicopter combines the attack capabilities of the U.S. Apache helicopter as well as the transport capabilities of the Huey. But the U.S. does not have any similar analogue to the Mi-24 attack helicopter.

Since Mi-24 has powerful weaponry and a transport hull, it can easily deploy Russian special forces units closer to the battlefront, which allows Russia to focus on coordinating its airstrikes, calling for helicopters’ fire support as well as navigating rocket firing from large distances using air-to-surface and surface-to-surface missile fire.

Therefore, if Russian pilots are indeed taking part in military actions in Syria, then it solves one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s biggest problems: the increasing growth of its military personnel losses.

Many military experts who watch the Syrian war closely have noted that latest videos from Syria indicate some changes in the tactics of Russian helicopters: now pilots are flying closer to the ground than before and they are more accurate when firing at the targets. They also assist ground troops more professionally and sophisticatedly.

The knack for flying of the Russian pilots is “a qualitative technical advantage that the Syrian military just doesn’t have; it’s going to significantly reduce Assad’s casualties,” Harmer said.

The only way to avenge the Russians for the bloodshed in Syria

So what is the best defense equipment to counter Russia’s deadly Mi-24 attack helicopters? Many experts believe that it’s anti-aircraft defense systems that Saudi Arabia has offered to supply to Syrian rebels despite objections from the U.S.

However, Mi-24 pilots are trying to reduce the level of their vulnerability to Saudi anti-aircraft defense systems by flying at extremely low altitudes, since it allows to trick the systems by creating echo signals from the ground.

While this tactic does not always work, anti-aircraft defense systems are still the only hope of Syrian rebels to avenge the Russians for the bloodshed in Syria.

Source: Sputnik News

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Polina Tikhonova
Polina Tikhonova is a writer, journalist and a certified translator. Over the past 7 years, she has worked for a wide variety of top European, American, Russian, and Ukrainian media outlets. Polina holds a Master's Degree in English Philology from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Saint Petersburg State University. Her articles and news reports have been published by many newspapers, magazines, journals, blogs and online media sources across the globe. Polina is fluent in English, German, Ukrainian and Russian.

87 Comments on "Russia’s New Supersonic Bomb Threatens U.S. Interests"

  1. Awful Pro Western article. Rubbish

  2. Good job Russia! Send these ISIS scumbags to hell!

  3. What a load of infantile moronic claptrap! The level of CIA paid propaganda like this being spewed out has reached a new low!

  4. That dream is the current reality

  5. Tony: The Tow missile if fly by wire which means you can’t turn it around unless you control the attached wire.

  6. Tony: Show me one incident where that has happened?

  7. Emmanuel Sillah | Oct 20, 2015, 4:20 am at 4:20 am |

    Try to read. This is just a smart bomb which guides itself to the target, ensuring that the parent aircraft has less exposure to anti-aircraft fire. It has been used by US and French forces since the 1980s. Bigger versions are used as stand-off missiles on B52s and other bombers. What is probably confusing you is that you expect all bombs of like functionality to be called KAB-250.

  8. Emmanuel Sillah | Oct 20, 2015, 4:11 am at 4:11 am |

    Tony, you really need to read more.
    Smart bombs which guide themselves to targets were used in Desert Storm by the US and French forces and have been in use ever since. Even old planes like B52s use them, although those are longer range, more destructive and are called stand-off missiles.
    Missiles and bombs which have to be aimed by planes are becoming less useful as ground forces get better air defence equipment, necessitating aircraft to fight while keeping their distance.

  9. Of course you only can trust the snake sitting in the white house and the little snakes serving him from the EU

  10. Putin said if any of the Saudis, Qataris or the Turkish will try to help the rebels to shoot down even one Russian plane, he will consider it an act of war from this country’s side and will answer on only militarily, so let them try to help.

  11. People who just bark like dogs and don’t give a damn to the the other people’s opinion are JUST dumb. That’s my reply to you ,American blockhead.

  12. Well, you Americans are just crazy. Reading one article I understand that the Russian military are way behind the US forces, and then suddenly in the next article I read that the Russia’s military build-up is much more advanced than the American one. Where do you spend all these some $600 Biliions earmarked for the military., You, the most corruption-free country?

  13. Island_Boi_Pooper | Oct 19, 2015, 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |

    Just go back and watch star wars. Oh wait it is passed 10pm, go to bed.

  14. Polina Tikhonova author of this article. Look her up. Went to school in russia, the same school her fearless leader puken putin attended ……go figure

  15. Boring. Russia’s new toy will be like shooting skeet for the Navy’s rail gun firing projectiles at Mach 5-6. Land based versions will make it so easy to sweep the skies of these Russian toys. PULL!!!

    Note to those who reply. I have already moved on, no time to waste on replies. So whether you agree or disagree with my post, I simply do not care. Have a great day.

  16. Russia’s top secret files have the processes their military equipment spots threats. They took a few short cuts, and used vastly simplified partial differential equations in path projection. Non of which matters. But there could be a set of mathematical paths that causes a glitch in Russia Military equipment because of those short cuts *raises eyebrows* Russia should give more funding to their mathematicians to close such exploits.

  17. moron, silvestein and co is the one who participated in this scheme. some crackhead fanatics from saudi are hired subcontractors

  18. -How to counter Russia’s Mi-24 attack helicopters in Syria?
    -The only way to avenge the Russians for the bloodshed in Syria

    Is this something written by a ISIS/Al-Qaeda writer or what????? Americans are OPENLY supporting/rooting for ISIS/jihadists/terrorists????? World community needs to see this.

  19. Supporting terrorists? You should be treated as a terrorist.

  20. I just love know-nothings like you who so proudly announce the propaganda they’ve heard on FOX, CNN, or read from the NY Times/Washington Post/Wall Street Journal triumvirate and imagine you look any other way than just pitifully stupid.
    I’m not sure what you’re getting at listing Moldova and Stalingrad, but as for the Ukraine, those are US troops and equipment pouring into the Ukraine to prop up an illegitimate government created from a US-engineered coup to oust the legitimate Ukrainian leader and replace him with a US-stooge supported by dangerously fanatical, anti-Russian zealots.
    As for Georgia, it made its own bed by cozying up to the US Neocons bent on usurping Georgia the same way it usurped the Ukraine, only this time the Russians beat the US to the punch and dropped their military into Georgia after the Georgians (with an approving wink from the US) attempted the overthrow of South Ossetia. I’m sure the US would make similar moves had Russia wooed and nudged Mexico to turn its back on the US, adopt Russia as its newest best friend, and allow Russia to usurp Mexico and make it a hostile, anti-US nation right on the US’s southern border. The US – in direct defiance of promises and guarantees it gave to Russia “never” to expand NATO towards Russia – has, since 1991, done nothing but that, gobbling up almost every former Warsaw Pact and Baltic nation into NATO, along with the engineered coup in the Ukraine, all of which encircles Russia with potential enemies. Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Crimea, Romania, Hungary, Poland, et al, are vital to Russia’s security. The loss of any one of them constitutes a grave threat to Russia’s security and sovereignty, and I can fully understand why any nation works to protect its borders. Russia is certainly no different, and you are an utter fool if you can’t see this.

  21. Mykola Kuzmenko | Oct 19, 2015, 8:14 pm at 8:14 pm |

    Author is Ukro-regime shill , pro ISIS kunt

  22. Mykola Kuzmenko | Oct 19, 2015, 8:13 pm at 8:13 pm |

    Ukrainian media and government now openly defends ISIS , kid you not. They had this program the other day
    comparing Russian intervention in Syria with Holocaust and that Russian media lies -ISIS not as bad as Russian media is portraying them .
    and as example they show Russian TV talking about ISIS beading people including those mentally ill and juvenile (where is the lie ? I didn’t get it )
    Poroshenko said on TV (kid you not) ” wherever Russia go’s it destabilizing the countries, it destabilized Ukraine , Syria and now trying to destabilize Islamic State ”
    I’m embarrassed to be an Ukrainian

  23. Mykola Kuzmenko | Oct 19, 2015, 8:06 pm at 8:06 pm |

    Google : | Putin on who created and sponsors ISIS/ISIL |

  24. Mykola Kuzmenko | Oct 19, 2015, 8:06 pm at 8:06 pm |

    does US attack ‘strong” countries ?
    how many countries Russia “attacked” vs how many US did ?
    who arms terrorists ?
    what if Russia answers in kind by arming all the terrorists (they will start call them “freedom fighters” of course)
    that US facing ? Giving anti-aircraft weapons to Taliban for example, your ilk would be crying “wolf” .
    But somehow it is ok for US to be shortsighted and arm all sorts of terrorists.

  25. US government is pro ISIS.

  26. Saudi Arabia was who attacked and funded 9/11 attacks. They are the source of terrorism. Assad has always been moderate inclusive and tolerant of all but the genocidal maniacs. What on earth is our US government doing? Saudi Arabia has no intentions of ever becoming democratic. They are the worst human rights abusers on the planet.

  27. Mykola Kuzmenko | Oct 19, 2015, 8:02 pm at 8:02 pm |

    google : | Putin on who created and sponsors ISIS/ISIL |

  28. Mykola Kuzmenko | Oct 19, 2015, 8:02 pm at 8:02 pm |

    CIA trying to protect their baby .

    anti-Putin rhetoric is hi because Putin tell it how it is

    google : | Putin on who created and sponsors ISIS/ISIL |

  29. Don’t need to “trust” him. Just stop getting in his way in the middle east.

  30. Russia is not our enemy. Russia never threaten us. Our Military Industrial complex is trying their best to make enemies so that our military buy more weapons from them.

  31. Can you trust the snake running Russia?

  32. no weapons needed. | Oct 19, 2015, 7:22 pm at 7:22 pm |

    “nor are they any threat to anyone IF LEFT ALONE” Tell that to the Ukraine, or Georgia, or Maldova, or Stalingrad. I’m sure they will believe you, after they stop laughing.

  33. Why do we have to be enemies with Russia?? They are mostly caucasion and they’re good at killing radical muslims. Think of what we could do if we teamed up with them !

  34. TheRealCriticalThinker | Oct 19, 2015, 6:46 pm at 6:46 pm |

    Is this author pro ISIS???

  35. U.S. spent about $20M for space pen – Russians still use $0.05 pencils in space just fine, LOL!

  36. Propaganda writing… my god! If you are going to write something, don’t add your own little vendetta into the talk….

  37. Afghanistan is scattered with remnants of Mi-24’s, brought down by stingers. A big target, still a good multipurpose chopper just the same. US bought some Russian knock offs from Check’s for AAF.

  38. No way. Counter measures will be developed. It always happens. All you need to do is give the missile some kind of shield that allows it to withstand multiple laser hits. That in itself would complicate things.

  39. No jacknos, ISIS was created by Assad. After Maliki chased fanatic Sunni’s & Baathist’s out of Iraq, into Syria. They joined up & became ISIS.

  40. What’s New?
    They are Spying, Hacking & Stealing from each other for a long time …

  41. With the finest Russian Vodka. You ever try fresh off the tree Orange Juice with Russia vodka.. In December.. as the morning chill makes the oranges just right, not even needing to be put in the fridge. The summer is gone and Russia will have their little ice age.

  42. How is it a threat to US interests? She thinks Russia is going to attack US? Ridiculous.
    Or maybe she is upset that Russia is bombing US nurtured terrorists? Please… those US sponsored terrorists are much bigger threat to US — as AlQaeda has shown.

  43. she wants to avenge her wounded Ukrainian pride.

  44. Good advertisment for Russia made weaponary. “If you want the best killing buy only Russian”. The author deserves to get some reward from arms manufacturer. After reading this article. new customers will stay in line with their orders. There is a lot of people in the world, that want to kill, and there is a lot of people to be killed.

  45. Russia has nothing to take after defeating them. Their is no point

  46. You are an idiot. Your probably pissed at the US because you were denied a VISA to come into the US. Look at your census of how many Russians want to leave your sorry country. The US has the balls the only problem your chicken ass president would launch nukes forcing the US to launch their nukes and that’s it my friend nobody wins. Russia wouldn’t fight the US in ground or air it would use nukes because they are scared don’t want to get invaded. Russia would go straight to nukes like a scared bitch. That’s why the US won’t start stuff because Russia will send nukes instead of fighting straight up.” And What” I bet you Polina was a former Russian mail-order bride that got deported that’s why she writes this stuff. Hooah……..

  47. Shoulder fired surface to air missiles would also work against commercial airliners outside every US airport. Since Obama keeps our borders wide open, those missiles could easily find their way to the USA and b used to shoot down passenger planes.

  48. And the US threatens everyone’s interests. However, the point here is STOP SCREWING WITH RUSSIA. They are neither the ‘Bogey-Man’ nor are they any threat to anyone IF LEFT ALONE. Anyone from a 100 lb. weakling to a brawny 6’6″ hulk has a breaking point, and Russia is no different. They also aren’t some back-water, 4th rate power. The Neocons have obviously either forgotten that fact, or are just too crazy to care. Either way, this story should underscore the point.

  49. Fck Russia. BRING IT! HIT A NATO COUNTRY YOU LITTLE PUSSY. RUSSIA CAN ONLY ATTACK WEAK COUNTRIES

  50. one of the 8 daily Anti-Russian articles by YAHOOO. HAHAHAA !!!

  51. In my humble opinion, the best way to bomb something is to use very (very) low yield nukes, say 1-100 ton TNT explosive power equivalent. They would be small enough to be carried by a helicopter or fired from a large caliber gun/cannon.

  52. Keep drolling

  53. No, since 1820s hahaha See I’m helping you a bit.

  54. Says the little drunkard sitting at his desk.

  55. Amen Mr. Sadamn Bush ! LoL

  56. Yeah, but fight Russia for what? Killing our terrorists?

  57. hahaha.. Used it for decades? hahahaha

  58. And the Russians use their anti TOW toys making the TOW missile turns around and goes back and hit the one who released it. hahaha

  59. Arman Garabedian | Oct 19, 2015, 1:13 pm at 1:13 pm |

    Polina Tikhonova “the author of this article”…sounds like a isil jihadist…she disgusts me.

  60. Charles Chilumbu | Oct 19, 2015, 1:13 pm at 1:13 pm |

    Dream on.

  61. DO I HAVE TO MENTION ANOTHER “BINGO” ?

  62. COULD NOT SAY IT BETTER!!!!

  63. ANOTHER HUGE BINGO !!!!

  64. BINGO !!!!!!!

  65. USA DO NOT have balls to fight Russia. USA only have balls with small Countries

  66. Shoulder fired surface to air missiles would work or not? That being said obama is actually working on regime change and will not achieve it at all or possibly worse. Inciting russia and putin by trying to remove one of its main military buyers and allies is asinine and stupid at the very best. russia is already hurting over the drop in oil prices and their revenues are depleted so now obama wants to remove another revenue source in syria ? obamas red line in syria has already been crossed,besides it is not isis obama is after he created them with the vacuum left in iraq.

  67. Polina has been slamming her head in the direction of Mecca a bit too hard.

  68. Well, we had Syria as a training ground for the last few years and hopefully gained some practical experience. Now it is Russians’ turn to try their gadgets.

  69. This authors, and her likes, are using serious terminology too freely: there are no “U. S. interests” formulated by our administration. There are coherent and not too coherent statements made by various individuals (most of who are not in a positions of responsibility) which do not clarify what ARE our interests in Syria and how exactly they may be threatened. The only clearly stated thing so far was a fear of confrontation between our planes (it was never explained what is the legal basis for them flying over Syria) and the Russian ones but this issue was seemingly coordinated so which interests author is blabbing about?

  70. An article creates an impression that its author is working for the terrorists, otherwise most of her phraseology does not make sense. “Avenge” whom? There are no US troops on the ground so whom exactly she is going to avenge? The Saudi mercenaries?

  71. The U.S. government tries to give the impression its goal is to destroy ISIS/ISIL, while its actions show its goal is to oust Assad. It is blatant hypocrisy for the U.S. to condemn Russia for supporting its ally while the U.S. instigates an insurrection, a civil war which would not exist save for U.S. interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation.

  72. Obama backs the radical muslims that kill Christians and want to establish a multi-nation Islamic state and the Russians are trying to stop that from happening.

    Root for the Russians. Obama wishes us ill. Get it?

  73. “…Threatens U.S. Interests” seems like the whole world “threatens US interest”

    …or maybe vice versa?

  74. “To avenge ?” “really”. If Syrians have to take revenge,, it is on the one country, that has brought the deaths of millions of people, not only in Syria, but also in Iraq, Libya etc etc. And this country is the US !

  75. This is a small weapon. It has been around and used by US forces for decades.

  76. It is. Threaten the aircraft and the bomb is rendered ineffective. If the Russians choose to fight Assad’s war, its either they get their birds attacked or the allies pull out.

  77. Russia still bitter about loosing billions per month because of Saudis. Each month Russia looses enough money to buy at least 10 of their top of the line fighters.

  78. Obama and Saudis created bloodshed in Syria, but somehow it’s Russia that should be “avenged for the bloodshed in Syria”. Up is down, and white is black….

  79. If the helicopters fly low enough, just hit them with one of the 500 Tow missiles that the Saudis gave the rebels. See if the Tow missiles work on more than just tanks.

  80. WOW, POLINA! WAHT AN ARTICLE!!! All of your articles are an-Russian Are you a member of- or a strong supporter of ISIS? Look at your topics: ” How to counter Russia’s Mi-24 attack helicopters in Syria?” and “The only way to avenge the Russians for the bloodshed in Syria” So, you hold two degrees? Sadly, it seems you have very little to no education. So, it leave no doubt that you are on the terrorists side.

  81. What good does it do for the U.S. to have all of these expensive eye candy weapons and jets if we don’t know how to use them like the Russians do? Size doesn’t matter. It’s how you use it.

  82. No Russia, please don’t test it in Syria. America will die by shock. leave it until the time come, keep on using the second world war artillery until the Americans provoke you, then show them how it is done. Amen.

  83. I heard that if Saudi Arabia supplies manpads to the west backed terrorists, Russia will supply the Yemeni rebels with manpads and give the Saudis a dose of their own medicine.

  84. Missiles will soon become obsolete with the advancements in laser technology.

  85. Looks like a version of the American JDAM that’s been around since the 1980s

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