KS-1 Komet

The Raduga KS-1 Komet (Russian: КС-1 "Комета", NATO reporting name: Kennel), also referred to as AS-1 and KS-1 (крылатый снаряд - winged projectile) was a short range air-to-surface missile (primarily used for anti-ship missions) developed by the Soviet Union. It was carried on only two aircraft: the Tupolev Tu-4 and the Tupolev Tu-16.

KS-1 Komet/AS-1 'Kennel'
TypeAir-to-surface missile
Anti-ship missile
Place of originSoviet Union
Service history
In service1953[1]–1969 (Soviet Union)
Production history
ManufacturerMKB Raduga
Mass3,000 kg (6,614 lb)
Length8.29 m (27 ft 2 in)
Diameter1.20 m (3 ft 11 in)
Warhead600 kg (1300 lb) High Explosive

EngineRD-500K turbojet
Wingspan4.77 m (15 ft 7 in)
90 km (56 miles) up to 100 km[1]
SpeedMach 0.9
initial - inertial guidance, terminal - active radar homing
Tupolev Tu-16 'Badger'


Development was begun in 1947 along with a related ground-launched missile, the SSC-2B "Samlet" (S-2 Sopka), both missiles using aerodynamics derived from the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 fighter aircraft, and developed under the anti-ship missile codename "Komet".

The KS-1 was designed for use against surface ships. It resembled a scaled-down MiG-15 with the cockpit and undercarriage deleted. Its main fuselage was cigar-shaped with swept wings and an aircraft type tail. It was propelled by a Klimov RD-500K turbojet engine, reverse-engineered from the Rolls-Royce Derwent engine. Guidance was provided by an inertial navigation system (INS) in the midcourse phase, and by a semi-active radar in the terminal phase which directed the missile to its target. A 600 kg high explosive (HE) armour-piercing warhead was carried.

The AS-1 is believed to have entered service in 1955, initially being deployed on the Tu-4 and later on the Tu-16KS 'Badger-B' strategic bomber, on two under-wing pylons. The missile was also exported to Egypt and Indonesia.

Sources indicate that most of the AS-1 "Kennel" missiles were replaced by the AS-5 'Kelt' (KSR-2/Kh-11), which was first deployed in 1966. The last KS-1s were withdrawn from service in 1969.[2]


Former operators

 Soviet Union
 North Korea

Land Based Variants


The S-2 Sopka coastal defense system (Russian GRAU code 4K87) (Nato code: SSC-2b Samlet) was a conventionally armed variant which attached a SPRD-15 jet assisted rocket to launch the missile from fixed launchers. After attaining sufficient velocity, the AS-1 turbojet would carry the missile to the target. The system was designed for land based attacks on sea targets and widely deployed in eastern bloc countries such as Poland and East Germany during the Cold War.[3] One Sopka regiment was stationed in Cuba as part of Operation Anadyr. The Samlet was deployed to Alexandria and fired at Israeli ships during the Yom Kippur War. The Samlets saw long service despite their obsolescence and were finally retired from the Soviet arsenal in 1980.[4]


The Frontline Combat Rocket (Russian: фронтовая крылатая ракета, Soviet pact nickname: Meteor[5]) (Nato code: SSC-2a Salish) was a nuclear capable mobile launching system designed for ground combat. With a 12 kiloton warhead and 180 km range it entered the equipment of Soviet and DDR forces in 1957.[5]

It carried nuclear warheads with yields from 5 to 14 kilotons. Like the Sopka, cruising speed was achieved with a strap on SPRD-15 rocket,[6] but the FKR system allowed launch directly from the transporter, and the missile was modified to accept tactical nuclear warheads. Its range was 150 kilometers. Unknown to the US military during the Cuban missile crisis, two FKR regiments (the 561st and 584th) armed with 80 fourteen kiloton warheads were positioned in Cuba one to attack the American base at Guantanamo[7] with the second positioned near Havana to destroy any units attempting landings. Although some authorities dispute whether local commanders had authority to use these theater nuclear weapons, the weapons were present and it is argued that if pressured, Soviet soldiers might have used them.[8][9]

See also


  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HihNY2ONwk
  2. Gordon, Yefim & Rigman, Vladimir (2004), Tupolev Tu-16 Badger: Versatile Soviet Long-Range Bomber, Midland Publishing, England, ISBN 1-85780-177-6
  3. "AS-1 KENNEL, SSC-2a SALISH, SSC-2b SAMLET", Weapons of Mass Destruction, GlobalSecurity.org, retrieved November 7, 2014
  4. "SSC-2b 'Samlet' (S-2 Sopka 4k87)", Jane's Strategic Weapon Systems, 26, Surrey, UK: Jane's Information Group, 1998, As cited by http://cns.miis.edu/wmdme/chrono.htm
  5. Hans Gotthard Ehlert (2004). Militär, Staat und Gesellschaft in der DDR: Forschungsfelder, Ergebnisse, Perspektiven. Ch. Links Verlag. p. 193. ISBN 978-3-86153-329-0.
  6. Mamayew, A. I., "Main Designs and Modifications of Aircraft, Missiles and Consumer Goods Mastered in DMBP Production from 1951 Till 1996 and Their Technological features", History of Dubna Machine-Building Plant, retrieved November 7, 2014
  7. Shachtman, Noah (June 4, 2008), "The Plan to Nuke Guantanamo Bay", Wired, Condé Nast, retrieved November 7, 2014
  8. Garthoff, Raymond L. (22 September 2003), Soviet Actions and Reactions in the Cuban Missile Crisis, Brookings Institution, retrieved November 7, 2014
  9. Norris, Robert S. (October 24, 2012), The Cuban Missile Crisis: A Nuclear Order of Battle October/November 1962 (PDF), Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, p. 5, retrieved November 7, 2014


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