Russia has developed new Kh-BD cruise missiles and armed them with Tu-160 supersonic strategic missile-carrying bombers. This was reported by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation on Saturday, September 16.
"Carries (the plane – ed.) Kh-BD missile with a range of more than 6,500 km," said the commander of the long-range aviation of the Aerospace Forces of the aggressor country of Russia, Lieutenant General Sergei Kobylash, during a visit to the Knevichi airfield in Primorye by Russian Defense Minister Shoigu and DPRK leader Chen Un.
According to Kobylash, the carrying capacity of the Tu-160 is 100 tons. And Shoigu explained that the bombers were equipped with two clusters of six Kh-BD missiles.
Serial copy or "plywood model"?
Military expert Oleksandr Kovalenko explained that the X-DB now exists only in the form of a prototype and it is not worth waiting for its mass use in Ukraine.
This was reported by the military-political observer of the Information Resistance group on Telegram.
"As for the Kh-BD missiles... So, Kim Jong-un was shown the Kh-BD cruise missile, which few people had heard of, and a wave immediately rushed in, what kind of Wunderwaffe it was and what it could threaten. In this regard, I think a little clarity should be made. For the first time, they started talking about the X-DB missile in 2017. This missile is a further development of the Kh-101/555 air-launched cruise missiles with the use of the Tu-160M2 carrier, which is unique for Russian aviation. In total, today the Russian Aerospace Forces have 14 combat-ready Tu-160s, and 2 Tu-160Ms have not yet been brought to fruition," the expert explained, adding that the conclusions suggest themselves.
Kovalenko noted that the Kh-BD missile is about 11 meters long and has a body diameter of about 0.8 m. According to him, it can indeed have a range of up to 6.5 thousand kilometers, but a number of questions remain.
"Has it passed the test cycle? Why hasn't it been reported since 2017, while much more secret ones have been promoting themselves non-stop? And most importantly, whether the serial copy was demonstrated to Kim Jong-un, or a "plywood model," the expert clarifies. "Overall, given the highly specialized application on a limited medium and the very strange development of the project, I do not rule out that the North Korean butcher saw the second rather than the first."
According to Kovalenko, there is every reason to believe that the X-DB now exists only in the form of a prototype and we should not expect its mass use in Ukraine. "And if this happens, then only a single one, for advertising purposes and in areas with very weak air defense, since there are significant doubts about its 'breakthrough capabilities,'" the expert concluded.
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