by: Luciano Satornetti [ ]
HistoryType: Tactical Air – to – Surface Anti radar Missile
Service: 1975 – current
Manufacture: Zvezda – Strela
Weight: 315 / 694 Kg/lb
Length: 1Vp – 425.5 / 167.5 cm/in
2Vp – 435.5 / 171.5 cm/in
Diameter: 27.5 / 10.8 cm/in
Warhead: High Explosive, Shell forming
Warhead Weight: 89.6 / 198 Kg/lb
Range: 60 / 35 Km/nm
Speed: 1080-1620 / 670-1000 Km/h / mph
Guidance: Passive radar, Satnav, Active radar (depending on variant)
Launch platform: Mig-23/27, Su-17/22, Su-24 & Su-25
The Kh-25 / Kh-25M (NATO AS-10 Karen) is a family of Soviet / Russian lightweight air to ground missiles with a modular range of guidance systems. The Anti-radar variant Kh-25MP is known by NATO as the AS-12 Kegler, the Kh-25 has now been succeeded by the Kh-38 family, but is still in widespread use.
Kh-25MP: Modular anti radar variant
Kh-25MPU: Updated Kh-25MP
Kh-25MUP: Combat training missile
The PackageThis consists of a clear bag with a white top tab for shop display purpose, the bag has a sticky tab at the bottom which allows access without ripping the bag open. Inside are four grey resin blocks and three light tan resin blocks, an instruction sheet and a decal sheet complete the package.
The KitWhat’s inside? Two very nice Ch-25MP bodies with VERY thin rear wings moulded in place, care will be needed to remove these from the casting block. Two launch rails, ten of each forward wing of which only eight are required so a couple of spares, plus four rear sections two of each type.
The wings are the finest I’ve ever seen in this scale in resin and look superb. The detail overall is very fine and will require careful painting to avoid losing it. No bubbles could be seen on any of the resin parts and the missile tips even come to a sharp point.
The InstructionsThese come on a single double sided colour A5 sized sheet which is folded to fit in the bag. One side has a parts layout and missile assemble diagram while the reverse offers the paint scheme and decal placement for either training or armed versions. The colours are called out by name only but as the two main colours are white and aluminium these will not be an issue, the colour which could be an issue is what is called cream which is used on the missile heads.
The DecalsWow, I know the Russians like a stencil or two but there are a lot here, add to that you also have the different stencils for both the armed and training variants including different serial numbers. The stencils look nice and I’m sure if I could read Russian then they would be legible. Now the down side, and this is a big issue, the decals came sandwiched between the folded instruction sheet but with no protective film so on opening the instruction sheet you find that the decals have stuck to the instructions and are damaged. The sheet feels very sticky to the touch and it could be that they had not dried completely before being packaged, the sheet is still usable but I would re-coat the sheet with liquid decal before trying it. The damaged decals almost has a worn effect.
In ConclusionA decent addition to hang under the wing of your Soviet/Russian attack aircraft, although with the fine detail you may want to display the missiles on a cart of some sort. All this is let down by the decal sheet which only needed a protective film.
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