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Raduga K-9
K-9 prototype missile
Type short-range air-to-air missile
Place of origin  Soviet Union
Production history
Manufacturer Raduga
Weight 245 kg (540 lb)
Length 4.5 m (14 ft 9 in)
Diameter 250 mm (9.8 in)

Warhead 27 kg (60 lb)

Engine two-stage solid-fuel rocket engine
Wingspan 1.6 m (5 ft 3 in)
9 km (5.6 mi)
Speed 5,040 km/h (3,130 mph)
Accuracy no more than 55%
Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-152A

The Raduga K-9 (NATO reporting name AA-4 'Awl') was a short-range air-to-air missile developed by the Soviet Union in the late 1950s. It was designed by MKB Raduga, a division of aircraft maker Mikoyan-Gurevich. The K-9 was also known as the K-155, and would apparently have had the service designation R-38. It was intended to arm the Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-152A (NATO reporting name 'Flipper'), an experimental high speed twin-engine aircraft, predecessor to the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 'Foxbat'. When the Ye-152A was shown at Tushino in 1961, a prototype of the K-9 missile was displayed with it.[1]

Neither the 'Flipper' nor the 'Awl' ever entered production.[2]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Gordon, pp. 13–15
  2. Gordon, p. 15

References[edit | edit source]

  • Gordon, Yefim (2004). Soviet/Russian Aircraft Weapons Since World War Two. Hinckley, England: Midland Publishing. ISBN 1-85780-188-1. 

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