The Kh-59 was developed during the Cold War as a standoff precision strike weapon. It was designed to engage high-value targets, such as enemy command centers, radar installations, and other critical infrastructure, from a safe distance

The Kh-59 has a significant operational range, typically around 115-285 kilometers (71-177 miles), depending on the specific variant. This extended range allows aircraft to launch the missile from a safe distance outside the range of enemy air defenses

The Kh-59 can be equipped with various guidance systems, including inertial navigation, TV (television) guidance, and electro-optical (EO) guidance

The Kh-59 is known for its high accuracy, particularly when equipped with EO or TV guidance. These systems allow the operator to adjust the missile's trajectory in real-time, increasing the chances of hitting the intended target

The Kh-59 can be launched from a variety of aircraft, including bombers, fighter jets, and naval aircraft. It is typically carried on hardpoints under the aircraft's wings or fuselage

The Kh-59's ability to strike targets from a standoff distance enhances the survivability of the launching aircraft by reducing its exposure to enemy air defenses and anti-aircraft fire

The missile can carry different warhead types, including high-explosive fragmentation, penetrating or bunker-busting warheads

The Kh-59 has been used in various conflicts and military operations, including conflicts in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Its precision and long range make it a valuable asset for modern air forces

Over the years, the Kh-59 has seen improvements in terms of guidance technology and overall performance

Like many other Russian military technologies, the Kh-59 has been exported to several countries and has garnered international interest due to its precision strike capabilities