Kipper is the NATO reporting name
for the AS-2 air-to-surface
, designated K-10S by the USSR. Kipper is quite a bit larger
than the AS-1 Kennel
missile, but is longer-ranged, supersonic
, and capable
of carrying a 1000kg conventional or nuclear warhead
. Its range is probably on
the order of 180km, but possibly longer. Launch weight is 4200kg; top speed is
1400kph (~mach 1.15).
A single Kipper is carried on the Tu-16 Badger-C; Badger-Cs
were also used as testbeds for other missiles.
The missile was produced from 1961 to 1965, by which time production
was shifting to the Badger-G armed with the AS-5 Kelt and AS-6 Kingfish
Information obtained from the Federation of American Scientists
Military Analysis Network (www.fas.org). As always, publically
available information on military hardware tends to be fragmentary
and inconsistent; please do not use this information to plan a war.