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(NATO reporting name: AS-20 'Kayak')
3M24 Uran (SS-N-25 'Switchblade')
3K60 Bal (SSC-6 'Sennight')
Kh-35E fol maks2009.jpg
Type air-to-surface, surface-to-surface missile
Place of origin Soviet Union
Service history
In service 2003
Used by Russia
Production history
Designer Zvezda
Manufacturer Tactical Missiles Corporation
Unit cost $500 000 (2010)[1]
Weight 520 kg (1,150 lb)[2]
610 kg (1,340 lb)[2] (heli version)
Length 385 cm (152 in)[2]
440 cm (173 in)[2] (heli version)
Diameter 42.0 cm (16.5 in)[2]

Warhead HE shaped charge
Warhead weight 145 kg (320 lb)[2]

Engine turbofan
Wingspan 133 cm (52.4 in)[2]
130 km (70 nmi)
Speed Mach 0.8
inertial and ARGS-35E X band active radar[3]
MiG-29M, MiG-29K, Su-27SM, Su-30, Su-34, Ka-27[2]
Seeker Kh-35E maks2005.jpg
Kh-35E maq maks2009.jpg

The Zvezda Kh-35U (Russian: Х-35У, AS-20 'Kayak') is the jet-launched version of a Russian subsonic anti-ship missile. The same missile can also be launched from helicopters, surface ships and coastal defence batteries with the help of a rocket booster, in which case it is known as Uran ('Uranus', SS-N-25 'Switchblade', GRAU 3M24) or Bal ('Baal', SSC-6 'Sennight', GRAU 3K60). It is also nicknamed Harpoonski for its similarity to the AGM-84 Boeing Harpoon. It is designed to attack vessels up to 5000 tonnes.[2]


Zvezda started work on the Kh-35 in 1983 by a decree of the USSR Council of Ministers and the USSR Communist Party Central Committee to arm ships of medium tonnage.


The Kh-35 missile is a subsonic weapon featuring a normal aerodynamic configuration with cruciform wings and fins[2] and a semisubmerged air duct intake. The propulsion unit is a turbofan engine.[2] The missile is guided to its target at the final leg of the trajectory by commands fed from the active radar homing head and the radio altimeter.[2]

Target designation data can be introduced into the missile from the launch aircraft or ship or external sources. Flight mission data is inserted into the missile control system after input of target coordinates. An inertial system controls the missile in flight, stabilizes it at an assigned altitude and brings it to a target location area. At a certain target range, the homing head is switched on to search for, lock on and track the target. The inertial control system then turns the missile toward the target and changes its flight altitude to an extremely low one. At this altitude, the missile continues the process of homing by the data fed from the homing head and the inertial control system until a hit is obtained.

The Kh-35 anti-ship missile can be employed in fair and adverse weather conditions at Sea States up to 5-6, by day and night, under enemy fire and electronic countermeasures.

The Kh-35's aerodynamic configuration is optimized for high subsonic-speed sea-skimming flight to ensure stealthy characteristics of the missile. The missile has low signatures thanks to its small dimensions, sea-skimming capability and a special guidance algorithm ensuring highly secure operational modes of the active radar seeker.

Its ARGS-35E active radar seeker operates in both single-and-multiple missile launch modes, acquiring and locking on targets at a maximum range of up to 20 km.[1] A new radar seeker, Gran-KE have been developed by SPE Radar MMS[4] and will be replacing the existing ARGS-35E X band seeker.[5]

Operational history

The Kh-35 missile entered service in 2003. In July 2003 the complex created "Tactical Missiles Corporation" successfully passed the state tests and began to come into service of ships of the Russian Navy. Today it is generally accepted that in the criterion of "cost-effectiveness" "Uran-E" is one of the best complexes in the world.[6] It has also been acquired by India.[7] The Bal coastal missile complex in the fall of 2004 showed excellent results in the state tests and entered service in 2008.[8]


  • Kh-35 (3M-24) - Base naval version for Russia (2003). Missile range - up to 130 km, detection range 20 km (as in all versions), length and weight - 4,4 m and 620 kg respectively (as in the land-based version), body diameter - 0,42 m, wing span - 1,33 m, altitude - en route 10–15 m, at terminal area about 4 m, cruise speed - 0,8 Mach, warhead type - HE penetrator, warhead weight - 145 kg (as in all versions).[9]
  • Kh-35E (3M-24E) - Export version of Kh-35 (1996).
  • Kh-35U - Base upgrade unified missile (can be used with any carrier), version for Russia in development (as of August 17, 2011).[10] Range 260 km, with satellite navigation and active-passive radar homing head, protection from spoofing, detection range 50 km.[11]
  • Kh-35UE - Export version of Kh-35U, in development.
  • Kh-35V - Version for Russia, launched from a helicopter.
  • Kh-35EV - Export version of Kh-35 for Vietnam.
  • 3M-24EMV - Export version of Kh-35 missile-target without warhead for Vietnam.
  • Kh-35 Uran/Uran-E (SS-N-25 'Switchblade', 3M-24) - Shipborne equipment of the control system with a missile Kh-35/Kh-35E.[12]
  • Bal/Bal-E (SSC-6 Sennight) - Coastal missile complex with Kh-35/Kh-35E missiles (2008).


Current operators

  •  Russia - 112 Kh-35 (3M-24) delivered in 2009-2010.[13] 1 Bal Coastal missile complex delivered in 2011.[14]
  •  India
  •  Algeria
  •  Vietnam - 17 Kh-35 delivered in 2009, 16 in 2010, Vietnam to start manufacture under license from 2012.[13]

Similar weapons

  • Boeing Harpoon (USA) - 221 kg warhead, 93–315 km range depending on platform
  • C-802 (China) - 165 kg warhead, 120–180 km range
  • Exocet (France) - 165 kg warhead, 180 km range
  • RBS-15 (Sweden) - 200 kg warhead, 200 km range
  • Sea Eagle (UK) - 230 kg warhead, 110+ km range

Notes and references

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