Russian Air Force Tests New Advanced Tactical Air-to-Air Missile

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    Russian Air Force Tests New Air-to-Air Missile


    The Russian Air Force is testing and will soon deploy an advanced tactical air-to-air missile that will greatly enhance its operational effectiveness, the service's commander Col Gen Alexander Zelin said on Tuesday.

    The missile will be carried by MiG-31BM Foxhound supersonic interceptors/fighters and will subsequently be used by other warplanes, he said.

    The weapon is “currently in trial at an Air Force test site,” Zelin said.

    Zelin did not identify the missile but experts believe it could be the K-37M, also known as RVV-BD, or AA-X-13 Arrow as it is known to NATO.

    The K-37M is a long-range air-to-air missile developed specifically for the MiG-31BM interceptor.

    “A likely candidate is the Vympel (now part of TRV) K-37M long-range air-to-air missile. This is a successor to the R-33 (Nato codename AA-9 Amos) which was developed originally for the MiG-31 during the early 1970s,” said Douglas Barrie, an air warfare expert at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies.

    Work on the K-37 program began during the 1980s, but funding problems delayed its completion, he added. The design has also been further developed since its original conception.

    The K-prefix denotes a weapon in development while the M indicates a modification. An export variant of the weapon, known as RVV-BD, was shown at MAKS 2011. The BD suffix may stand for the Russian words bolshoi dalnost, or long range.

    “The K-37M - it will likely be known as the R-37M when it enters service - will be the primary air-to-air armament of the MiG-31BM, providing the Russian air force with an extended range interception capability against combat aircraft and cruise missiles,” Barrie said.

    Russian Air Force Tests New Air-to-Air Missile | Russia | RIA Novosti
     
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    RVV-BD long-range guided missile is presented at MAKS-2011

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    This is something very interesting!!!

    Heavy fighter like Sukhois might also able to carry these missiles.
     
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    wasnt mig-31 a cancelled project?
     
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    Hell no,.............MiG-31s are the backone of RuAF!!

    A perfect example of Soviet dedicated interceptor fleet.

    Unlike other Cold War Interceptors, MiG-31 had a huge Zaslon radar and doesnt need ground control to intercept them.

    It was designed especially for Cold War era requirements.Soviets wanted a Long range Interceptor which is very fast, long range and a powerfull radar to detect missiles and bombers.



    After the end of cold war, They've taken a lot of MiG-31s out of service and stored them.
     

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