- The new bombs are K08BE and K029BE.
- The K08BE is equipped with an inertial guidance system plus satellite guidance, a powerful warhead designed to destroy military equipment and infrastructure.
- K029BE is designed to destroy protected ground and surface targets.
The new bombs are K08BE and K029BE and designed by Tactical Missile Armament Corporation (KTRV), a Russian corporation that is one of the largest arms manufacturers. The corporation is Russia’s largest holding company, a developer and supplier of anti-ship, anti-radar and multi-purpose missiles designed to equip aircraft, ship and shore-based tactical missile systems. In total, the corporation includes 39 companies. Due to the developed aerodynamic surfaces, when dropped from a significant height and speed, they are able to plan for a range close to the range of guided missiles. The announcement of the testing completion was made February 14, 2020 by the Director of the KRTV.
The K08BE is equipped with an inertial guidance system plus satellite guidance, a powerful warhead designed to destroy military equipment and infrastructure. The bomb weighs 505 kg (390 kg warhead), is 2840 mm long, and has a diameter of 0.355 m. The weapon can be dropped from a height of up to 14 km and has a maximum range of 40 km. The warhead has an intelligent fuse with three detonation delay modes. The K08BE has wings in the middle part of the body and stabilizing tail fins in both X-shaped configuration and in the form of a bar with a bounded triangle (when viewed from below or from above). The control surfaces with a slotted cylinder are attached to the trailing edge of the tail.
K029BE is designed to destroy protected ground and surface targets. The bomb has a length of 5.05 m and a width of 0.4 m, weighs 1525 kg and carries 1010 kg of explosives, and is able to penetrate the thickness of concrete. The UAV can be dropped from a height of up to 15 km and plans up to 50 km, is equipped with an intelligent fuse with three detonation delay modes, and uses inertial and satellite guidance, which gives it a circular error of no more than 10 m.
The US left the INF treaty in August of 2019, which was originally signed by US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. The purpose of the treaty was to de-escalate the Cold War and the arms race. Shortly after, in 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed. Hence, it is not a surprise that Russia is testing new bombs.
Putin’s Russia is a serious threat to the West and its military capabilities. The new generation weapons are here and more are on the way. This decade is going to see renewed militarization of Russia and an enormous emphasis on the defense arsenal. The US is developing its new generation weapons as well. The danger is definitely on the horizon. One important question is: will the next arms race be predominantly in space?