He four Sukhois spread out in a wide bow formation as the data from the Phalcon AWAC fed into their attack computer . Lal changed the central display to “attack” mode and target location ( sam and gun rudder sites ) flashed up on the screen as red trees ,eack tagged with distance from launch platform on real time and a computer assisted threat priority analysis . The computers “talked “to each other and divided the “work load” equally. All this took less than 5 seconds
A flick of switch and the target positions got super imposed on the holographic display on the HUD . The “SHOOT” prompt came up almost immediately and Squadron leader Lal did not even hesitate as he squeezed off, the four KH-31P, anti- radiation missiles
In quick succession. He reduced air speed but maintained course as the supersonic anti radiation missiles raced forward in a trail of orange black smoke.
The Kh-31, AS-17 Krypton NATO-codename, is an advanced, long range, highly supersonic missile designed to withstand countermeasures effects. The Kh-31 propulsion system consists of a solid-fuel rocket engine which accelerates the missile to Mach 1.8. Then this engine is dropped and a jet engine ignites using the missile's within space as a combustion chamber. The missile accelerates to Mach 4.5 thanks to the jet engine.
The Kh-31P has been designed to be a high performance anti-radiation missile against the most sophisticated air defense systems developed by NATO countries. It features high kill probability against radar systems that have been turned-off when attacked
The AS-17 “Krypton” (Kh-31A/P) is a short-range, air-launched, ramjet-propelled, single warhead, air-to-surface cruise missile developed and manufactured by Russia.
Development of the AS-17 began in the late 1970s as a follow-on to the AS-12 “Kegler.” Aimed at countering the U.S. Patriot and Standard Missile air defense systems, the AS-17 was a new concept missile, unlike any that the Russians had previously designed. Similar in some way to the U.S. LTV designed ramjet-powered research missile, which flew in 1974, the AS-17 features four ramjet intake ducts developed by the Soyuz Turaevo Machine Design Bureau.
The AS-17 was first revealed in 1991, and reports soon after indicated that the Russians had developed two interchangeable homing heads for the missile: an active radar seeker for use in the terminal phase against ship targets, and a passive anti-radar seeker. The active radar anti-ship missile was designated Kh-31A, and the passive radar version was designated Kh-31P. Two different lengths exist for both the Kh-31A and Kh-31P.
The Kh-31A Mod 1 is 4.7 m in length, has a body diameter of 0.36, and has a weight of 610 kg, while the Kh-31A Mod 2 is 5.23 m in length, has a body diameter of 0.36, and has a weight of 700 kg. It is guided by an inertial navigation system (INS) in the midcourse phase, with an active radar seeker for the terminal phase. The Mod 1 carries a 95 kg high explosive semi-armor piercing warhead, while the Mod 2 carries a 110 kg high explosive semi-armor piercing warhead. The minimum range for both versions, in 5 km, while the Mod 1 has a maximum range of 70 km and the Mod 2 has a maximum range of 100 km. The Kh-31A is believed to have an accuracy of 8 m circular area probability (CEP).
The Kh-31P Mod 1 is 4.7 m in length, has a body diameter of 0.36, and has a weight of 599 kg, while the Kh-31P Mod 2 is 5.23 m in length, has a body diameter of 0.36, and has a weight of 625 kg. Guidance is passive radar homing. Both versions carry an 87 kg high explosive blast/fragmentation warhead. The Kh-31 has a minimum range in 15 km, while the Mod 1 has a maximum range of 110 km, and the Mod 2 has a maximum range of 200 km. The missile is believed to have an accuracy of 8 m CEP. Both the Kh-31A and Kh-31P have a cruise speed of Mach 2.5 at low level, or Mach 3.0 at high level.
The Kh-31P entered service in Russia in 1988, followed by the Kh-31A in 1989. The missiles are deployed on Su-17 “Fitter,” Su-24 “Fencer,” Su-25 “Frogfoot,” Su-27, Su-30, Su-32, Su-33, and Su-35 “Flanker,” MiG-21 “Fishbed,” MiG-27 “Flogger,” MiG-31 “Foxhound,” and MiG-29 “Fulcrum” aircraft. Most of the missiles currently in service in Russia are believed to be Mod 1, with the Mod 2 being offered for export under the designation X-31.
The Pakistani radar operators detected the launch .The had to option either to switch off and loose the incoming aircraft or stay on air and be taken off. Some of them quickly powered off while rest continued tracking the incoming sukhois and promptly rewarded with horrendous explosion as the Kryptons slammed into radiation source with un erring accuracy and let loose a world of fiery devastation. Opening up a strike window for the incoming Mirage 2000 package –streaking in low over the undulating terrain right at that moment
- hawk one –red eye- road is clear –standing by
- roger that red eye – confirm road clear –good work –stand by
The data linked signal went to Mirage 2000 lead and the four Mirage 2000 turned west ,barely 100 kms from Mangla dam complex