At the Army-2021 forum, Russia showed the Izdeliye-305 missile, which should be armed with new attack helicopters. It has a round-the-clock thermal imaging homing head.
"Product-305" is one of the most "mysterious" developments of the Russian defense industry. For a long time, the appearance of the product was kept secret, and the data that appeared in the media were often contradictory.
Meanwhile, photos of the rocket gradually began to slip on the Web (for which, however, it was difficult to say anything concrete), and the novelty was officially presented at the Army-2021 forum.
"305E" has a mass of 105 kilograms, a length of 1945 millimeters and a body diameter of 200 millimeters. The product received a 25-kilogram high-explosive fragmentation warhead. Thanks to the solid-propellant engine, the rocket reaches speeds of up to 250 meters per second. Controlled firing range up to - 14, 5 kilometers. Flight altitude - from 100 to 600 meters.
The novelty has a combined guidance system. On the marching site, it is assumed the use of inertial-satellite guidance, the product is directed directly to the captured target using a thermal imaging seeker. The missile is tracked by radio and can be re-targeted at the operator's command in the final guidance segment.
As far as can be judged, the normal mode is a launch on a target, which is visible visually. In the case of shooting at an "invisible" object, a high qualification of the operator is required. A rocket is launched using APU-305 devices, which are designed for one or two missiles.
Earlier it was reported that the Mi-28NM attack helicopter will be able to take up to four “Product-305” missiles. The weapon will allow the vehicle to more effectively destroy both manpower and strategic objects, such as enemy command posts.
The upgraded Ka-52M helicopter will be another carrier of the Product-305. Several years ago it became known that the Aerospace Forces would be supplied with a large batch of such machines.
In terms of the sum of their indicators, the Mi-28NM and Ka-52M are the most powerful Russian attack helicopters (the ability to use the “Product-305” is an important, but not their only difference).
Basic versions of these machines first took to the skies back in the 80s. The above fact makes us talk about the creation of a fundamentally new attack helicopter, especially since work in this direction is being actively carried out in the West.
Recall that in 2018, they presented the alleged appearance of a promising Russian rotorcraft, the layout of which vaguely resembles the Ka-52. It is assumed that the speed of the helicopter will exceed 400 kilometers per hour.