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KAB-500L guided bomb
KAB-500L aerial bomb in Park Patriot
KAB-500L aerial bomb in Park Patriot, rear angle

The KAB-500L is a laser-guided bomb developed by the Soviet Air Force. It remains in service with the CIS and post-Soviet Russian Air Force.

The KAB-500L is a standard FAB-500 general-purpose bomb, which has a nominal weight of 500 kg (1,100 lb), fitted with a semi-active laser seeker and guidance fins, turning it into an unpowered guided bomb.

The KAB-500L is 3.05 m (10.0 ft) long and weighs 525 kg (1,157 lb). Its warhead makes up 450 kg (990 lb) of the total weight, of which roughly 50% is blast-effect high explosive. Russian sources credit it with a CEP of 7 meters (23 feet); the technology of KAB-500L is also used for larger bombs, such as the KAB-1500L family.[1]

It is also deployed by the Indian Air Force; the primary launch platform is Su-30MKI.


KAB-500S-E[2] is a Precision-Guided Munition (PGM) whose guidance system is based on GLONASS; the weapon can be dropped from aircraft flying at an altitude from 500 meters to 5000 meters and with an airspeed of 500–1150 km/h. The CEP is 7–12 meters; these bombs were used for the first time in the Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War in September 2015.


  1. ^ "Tactical Missiles Corporation JSC". Tactical Missiles Corporation.
  2. ^ "KAB-500S-E". www.deagel.com.

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