K-8 (missile)

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AA-3 Anab
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TypeMedium-range air-to-air missile
Place of origin Soviet Union
Service history
In service~1960-1992
Used by Soviet Air Forces
Production history
Designer Matus Bisnovat
ManufacturerKaliningrad Series Production Plant
Specifications (R-98MR)
Mass292 kg (644 lb)
Length4.3 m (14 ft)
Diameter280 mm (11 in)
Warhead Blast fragmentation
Warhead weight40 kg (88 lb)

EngineSolid-fuel rocket
23 kilometres (14 mi)
Maximum speed Mach 2
Semi-active radar homing (R-98MR)
Infrared homing (R-98MT)
Su-11, Su-15, Yak-28P

The Kaliningrad K-8 (R-8) (NATO reporting name AA-3 'Anab') was a medium-range air-to-air missile developed by the Soviet Union for interceptor aircraft use. [1]


The missile[ clarification needed ] was developed by OKB-339/NII-339 (currently Phazotron NIIR). The infrared seeker was developed by TsKB-589 GKOT (currently TsKB Geofizika), who also developed the seeker for 9M31 missile of 9K31 Strela-1. [1]


The K-8's development began in 1955, known as R-8 in service. Like most Soviet air-to-air missiles, it was made with a choice of semi-active radar homing or infrared seeker heads. The original missile was compatible with the Uragan-5B radar used on the Sukhoi Su-11 and several developmental aircraft from Mikoyan-Gurevich. [1]

It was upgraded to R-8M (better known as R-98) standard in 1961, giving the SARH weapon the capability for head-on intercepts. In 1963 it was further upgraded to the R-8M1, making it compatible with the RP-11 Oriol-D radar of the Sukhoi Su-15 and Yakovlev Yak-28P. [1]

Subsequent development led in 1965 to R-8M2, more commonly called R-98, with longer range and improved seekers, compatible with the upgraded RP-11 Oryol-M ("Eagle") radar. The final variant, introduced from 1973, was the R-98M1 (NATO 'Advanced Anab') with better countermeasures resistance and longer range, matched to the Taifun-M radar of the Su-15TM and Yak-28PM interceptors. [1]

The R-98M1 remained in service through the 1980s, being withdrawn with the last Su-15 'Flagon' interceptors. [1]

A variant using the seeker heads of the K-13, giving better dogfight capability, was developed in 1960 as the K-88, but it did not enter service. [1]

An inert training version was also developed, designated UR-8M. [1]

The R-98 brought down Korean Air Lines Flight 007 on September 1, 1983.


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Specifications (R-98MT / R-98MR)

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Kaliningrad R-8

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