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Ukraine's Luch displays Gran short-range air-to-air missile

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The Luch State Design Bureau has showed a mockup of its proposed Gran (Verge) short-range air-to-air missile at the AVIASVIT-XXI exhibition held in Kiev, Ukraine on June 8-12, 2006. An artist's impression of the weapon was showed at the exhibition in 2002 along with the proposed PR-611 combined aerodynamic and gas dynamic control system. The missile is approximately 2.5 m long and 170 mm in diameter and its aerodynamic scheme uses cruciform wings of long chord and narrow span, plus cruciform tail surfaces. Gran is intended to allow all-aspect engagement of highly maneuverable air targets flying at speeds of up to 1,500 kt and altitudes of 65-65,000 ft. It can be launched from aircraft flying at 350-1,350 kt, and has a maximum flight time of 25 seconds and has a maximum range of 20 km and a minimum range of 300 m during rear-hemisphere attacks. Luch also showed a guided version of the KMGU munitions dispensers.

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