Reports Surface Of New Version Of Russian Kh-101 Cruise Missile With Cluster Warhead | Aviation

Main photo shows the Kh-101. The box shows the wreckage recovered in Ukraine (Image credit: X/Telegram).

Pictures and media reports from Ukraine claim the Kh-101 is now carrying a cluster warhead, in its dual-warhead variant.

Russia has reportedly introduced another modification to the Kh-101 ALCM (X-101 Air-Launched Cruise Missile), after variants releasing decoys to divert SAM (Surface-to-Air Missiles) and dual/tandem warheads.

Pictures and media reports claim the Kh-101 is now carrying a cluster warhead, in its dual-warhead variant. Russia fired a volley of these missiles on the night of Jun. 7, 2024 at Ukrainian targets.

Defense Express Ukraine, which said the missile may also be the Kh-555, said Russia fired “five” of these missiles from its Tu-95 missiles, according to data from its AD units. All five were “shot down,” along with “48 units” of its 53 Shahed attack drones (Geran/Geranium-2) kamikaze UAVs.

The submunition-releasing cluster warhead was discovered while it was heading towards “critical infrastructure.” Russian Milbloggers have said this version will come in handy in attacking Ukrainian air bases and admitted that they lacked this capability earlier in the war.

The image carried by the Ukrainian reports and posts on X show what…

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