The KAB-500Kr[1][2] (Correctable air bomb - 500 kg) is an electro-optical TV-guided fire and forget bomb developed by the Soviet Air Force in the 1980s. It remains in service with the CIS and various export customers.


The KAB-500Kr is analogous to the American GBU-15 weapon. It uses a standard Soviet/Russian FAB-500 general-purpose bomb, with a nominal weight of 500 kg (1,100 lb), as a warhead, adding a low-light television seeker and guidance fins to turn it into a guided, unpowered glide bomb.

The bomb is 305 cm (10.01 ft) long and weighs 520 kg (1,150 lb), of which 380 kg (840 lb) is a hardened, armor-piercing warhead capable of penetrating up to 1.5 metres (4 feet 11 inches) of reinforced concrete. The weapon's seeker can lock onto a target at ranges of up to 15 to 17 km (9.3 to 10.6 mi), depending on visibility. The KAB-500-OD[3] variant is equipped with a fuel-air explosive warhead. The technology of KAB-500Kr is also used for larger bombs, such as KAB-1500Kr based on the 1500 kg class FAB-1500 iron bomb.[4][5] There is also the training bomb KAB-500Kr-U.[6]

The KAB-500S-E is a version with satellite guidance.[7]


  1. ^ https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/russia/kab-500.htm
  2. ^ "KAB-500Kr "drop-and-forget" guided bomb". Rosoboronexport.
  3. ^ "KAB-500-OD "drop-and-forget" guided bomb". Rosoboronexport.
  4. ^ Dr C Kopp. "Soviet/Russian Guided Bombs". ausairpower.net. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Tactical Missiles Corporation JSC". ktrv.ru. Archived from the original on 27 November 2015. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  6. ^ "KAB-500Kr-U training guided bomb". Rosoboronexport.
  7. ^ "AB-500S-E "drop-and-forget" guided aerial bomb". Rosoboronexport.