Kh-29L

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Description

The Kh-29L missile (scale is approximate)


The Kh-29L is a Soviet laser-guided air-to-surface missile. It was introduced in Update "Ixwa Strike". It is a heavy duty Soviet air-to-ground missile, born from a similar fuselage design of the Molniya R-60, a laser seeker inherited from the Kh-25, and a powerful warhead. It features impressive range and destruction capabilities against a variety of surface targets, giving pilots a heavy duty weapon capable of decimating anything in their path.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

General info

The Kh-29L (9M721) is the biggest air-to-ground missile with its twin sister, the Kh-29T. It is comparable to heavy duty utility bombs carried by various planes, making it one of the deadliest missiles in-game. It is not only able to take out multiple targets at a time, but also the biggest targets such as battleships and aircraft carriers.

Effective damage

The Kh-29L is the most devastating and versatile air-launched guided missile when it comes to ground pounding. The explosive mass is something to be scared of. While smaller than most bombs, this is compensated for by the accuracy of the missile. It has a maximum range of 8,000 metres, 10,000 metres (5.4 nmi) if flight ceiling is high enough. As any other laser-guided munition, the target must be laser designated. Contrary to other laser designators (such as TIALD on Jaguar GR.1A), the laser designator features the same control use of the Kh-23M and Kh-25: nose guided control. For the same reason, the Kh-29L is a tricky missile to use on small moving targets at long ranges. It is particularly useful when facing stationary targets or big and slow targets. This is changed when using aircraft like the MiG-27 as they have their proper laser designator.

While the Kh-29L has relatively low penetration capabilities (103 mm at any range and angle), any hit will decimate the target due to the tremendous explosive mass it features. Due to the 148.99 kg TNT equivalent explosive mass, the missile is more than capable of destroying more than one target at a time if closely packed. The warhead is also particularly useful when facing off enemy vessels, specially aircraft carriers in Simulator Enduring Confrontation battles. Due to the carriers having actual damage models in a similar style to player controlled vessels, the use of this missile is more than capable of significantly damaging the carrier. There are multiple hit locations, but the most effective ones are the ones on the engine decks and close to the waterline.

Comparison with analogues

  • Kh-29T: While being the same missile, the different seeker makes the same weapon to be used in a different way.
  • AS-30L Nord: The Kh-29L is much better than the Nord in multiple ways, not only is it faster, has a bigger warhead, and better penetration, but it also has an increased guidance time: 40.0 seconds vs 22.0 seconds.
  • AGM-65A/AGM-65B: Between the AGM-65A and B Mavericks and the Kh-29L, there are multiple pros and cons between them. While Maverick has a much longer range, guidance time and can be carried in sets of 3 instead of a single missile, it is much slower, smaller, and weighs less than half of the Kh-29L.
  • AGM-65D: Similar to the other Mavericks, the main advantage of the D variant is the IR seeker, which strongly improves the designation range compared to the Kh-29L.

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • The biggest and most powerful air-launched missile
  • Devastating warhead
  • Incredible speeds for a missile its size
  • Significant range compared to other air-to-ground missiles

Cons:

  • Requires user to aim directly at targets

History

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See also

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