|This page is about the Soviet air-to-ground missile Kh-29T. For the other version, see Kh-29L.|
The Kh-29T is a Soviet TV-guided air-to-ground missile. It was introduced in Update "Direct Hit". It is a heavy duty Soviet air-to-ground missile, born from a similar fuselage design of the Molniya R-60, a TV guidance system inherited from the Kh-59 cruise missile, 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 at their path.
Vehicles equipped with this weapon
|Maximum speed||1.8 M|
|Missile guidance time||40 secs|
|Firing range||13 km|
|Explosive mass||148.99 kg TNTeq|
|Armour penetration||84 mm|
The Kh-29T (9M721) is the biggest air-to-ground missile with its twin sister, the Kh-29L. 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.
The Kh-29T 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 13,000 metres (6.5 nmi) if flight ceiling is high enough. It features the same launch crosshair of any other TV guided weapon, such as the KAB-500r, AGM-65 Maverick, and AGM-62 Walleye. It has the ability to zoom in for better target designation. It is able to lock and track targets but has similar performance to the KAB-500r. The main downside of the Kh-29T compared to the Kh-29L is the fact you cannot control it post-launch.
While it 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-29L: While being the same missile, the different seeker makes the same weapon to be used in a different way.
- AS-30L Nord: The Kh-29T 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-29T, 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-29T.
- 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-29T.
Usage in battles
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Pros and cons
- 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
- Hard to designate targets due to the lack of thermals
- Any disruption in the environment means the missile will no longer track the target (smoke, bushes, etc.)
- No post-launch control
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