ANKARA, (BM) – Russia has taken a new course – it has been reported that it has launched test flights aimed at testing the compatibility of the R-37M hypersonic air-to-air missile with the Russian Su-35C multi-role fighter (generation 4 ++), which is on the agenda of Turkey . About this today, April 7, the Turkish newspaper Yeni Akit writes, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
“The R-37M missile is designed to become the main long-range air-to-air weapon for existing and future Russian fighters like Su and Mig over the next ten years,” the newspaper writes.
It draws attention to the fact that the R-37M ammunition, which has a range of 200 kilometers at hypersonic speeds (six times the speed of sound), plans to replace the R-77 missiles, inferior to the R-37M in speed (two to three times higher sound speed) and maximum range (about 100 kilometers).
“In Russia, it is noted that after tests on the Su-35, test launches of the R-37M from the internal weapon compartments of the stealth fifth-generation fighter of the fifth generation Su-57 will be carried out,” the newspaper points out, citing some technical specifications.
Although it is claimed that the missile has a range of 200 kilometers, Yeni Akit explains, the ideal guidance distance (also known as the distance at which the target cannot evade) depends on the type of enemy aircraft. For fighters, this distance will be 40–70 kilometers, for stealth aircraft or cruise missiles – less.
For large bombers or early warning aircraft, the effective radius of destruction can be more than 70-100 kilometers. A missile can develop hypersonic speed at a relatively shorter aiming distance and hit enemy aircraft equipped with the most advanced missile detection systems.
Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) Dmitry Shugaev in one of his earlier statements about Su-35 fighters, which are also on the agenda of Turkey, noted that “negotiations are underway with Turkey on the Su-35,” according to a publication that sparked discussion among Turkish readers.
BulgarianMilitary.com adds that on October 25, 2019, Daily Sabah, citing its own sources, reported that Russia and Turkey were close to concluding an agreement on the supply of Su-35. It was about the purchase of 36 Russian aircraft, as well as the willingness of the Turkish authorities to deploy on its territory the production of components and weapons for them.
Four days later, on October 29, Turkish Minister of Defense Hulusi Akar announced that Ankara had no plans to buy Su-35 fighters from Russia. Akar stressed that Turkey will remain a US partner in the fifth-generation F-35 fighter-bombers program, and allegations of the acquisition of Russian aircraft are not true.
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