CLEARANCE: Above Top Secret
- Apr 21, 2009
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Very interesting news.bobbymike said:http://www.popsci.com/china-new-long-range-air-to-air-missile
In Russia it well developed, but for some reason. They did not purchase or field the missile or MiG-31M with its massive 1.4m diameter Zaslon M. R-37 is basically mature and waiting to be purchased/integrated.DrRansom said:I don't think anybody has any information, other than rough dimensions and extrapolation from the Chinese academic papers.
From Wikipedia, the R-37 is 4.2m and 38cm diameter, this is estimated to be 5m and 30cm diameter. So, less drag and less internal volume.
What I am curious about is the lack of development of such ultra-long AAMs. The US AWACs system has been around for >30 years, more than enough time for the Russians and Chinese to develop these weapons. What has prevented them from doing so? Does anti-air targeting become much harder after a certain range?
Exactly what I was thinking seruriemarshal, as far as general mission is concerned, but I would think it may have slightly longer range than the K-100.seruriermarshal said:Seems like Russia K-100