- Apr 21, 2009
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bobbymike said:A J-16 strike fighter test fires a giant air to air missile, one with enough range and sensors to outgun virtually any other air to air missile.www.popsci.com
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?