K-9 prototype missile
|Type||short-range air-to-air missile|
|Place of origin||Soviet Union|
|Weight||245 kg (540 lb)|
|Length||4.5 m (14 ft 9 in)|
|Diameter||250 mm (9.8 in)|
|Warhead||27 kg (60 lb)|
|Engine||two-stage solid-fuel rocket engine|
|Wingspan||1.6 m (5 ft 3 in)|
|9 km (5.6 mi)|
|Speed||5,040 km/h (3,130 mph)|
|Accuracy||no more than 55%|
The Raduga K-9 (NATO reporting name AA-4 'Awl') was a short-range air-to-air missile developed by the Soviet Union in the late 1950s. It was designed by MKB Raduga, a division of aircraft maker Mikoyan-Gurevich. The K-9 was also known as the K-155, and would apparently have had the service designation R-38. It was intended to arm the Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-152A (NATO reporting name 'Flipper'), an experimental high speed twin-engine aircraft, predecessor to the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 'Foxbat'. When the Ye-152A was shown at Tushino in 1961, a prototype of the K-9 missile was displayed with it.
Neither the 'Flipper' nor the 'Awl' ever entered production.
- Gordon, pp. 13–15
- Gordon, p. 15
- Gordon, Yefim (2004). Soviet/Russian Aircraft Weapons Since World War Two. Hinckley, England: Midland Publishing. ISBN 1-85780-188-1.
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