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The KAB-500Kr[1] (Correctable air bomb - 500 kg in TNT equivalent ) is an electro-optical TV-guided fire and forget bomb developed by the Soviet Air Force in the 1980s. It remains in service with the CIS and various export customers.

The KAB-500Kr is analogous to the American GBU-15 weapon. It uses a standard Soviet/Russian FAB-500 general-purpose bomb, with a nominal weight of 500 kg (1,100 lb), as a warhead, adding a low-light television seeker and guidance fins to turn it into a guided, unpowered glide bomb.

The bomb is 3.05 m (10.0 ft) long and weighs 520 kg (1,150 lb), of which 380 kg (840 lb) is a hardened, armor-piercing warhead capable of penetrating up to 1.5 metres (4 feet 11 inches) of reinforced concrete. The weapon's seeker can lock onto a target at ranges of up to 15 to 17 km (9.3 to 10.6 mi), depending on visibility. The KAB-500-OD variant is equipped with a fuel-air explosive warhead. The technology of KAB-500Kr is also used for larger bombs, such as KAB-1500Kr based on the 1500 kg class FAB-1500 iron bomb.[2][3]


  1. ^ https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/russia/kab-500.htm
  2. ^ Dr C Kopp. "Soviet/Russian Guided Bombs". ausairpower.net. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Tactical Missiles Corporation JSC". ktrv.ru. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
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