Russian company unveils new Su-57 fighter missile capable of turning around 180° in the air at military forum, 08.16.2023.
Sputnik visited the International Military-Technical Forum Army 2023, where it was possible to get acquainted with the models of new Russian missiles.
This type of armament is developed by enterprises of the Russian military-industrial complex that are part of the Tactical Missile Armament Corporation (KTRV).
Aleksei Elesin, head of the Missile Engineering Department of the Vympel company and one of the developers of the new rvv-MD2 missile first presented at the exhibition, spoke to Sputnik about this advanced weaponry.
"The RVV-MD2 is a short-range air-to-air missile specially designed for the Su-57e multifunctional fighter. during the development phase of the new model, the designers were tasked with creating a universal weapon, the universality of which is the possibility of being placed both inside the fuselage of the aircraft and on an external suspension," said Elesin.
However, the new missile has other distinctive features, the head of the Missile Engineering Department stressed.
"In addition, for the first time on a missile of this class an inertial guidance system with radio correction and a self-guided thermal search warhead of the target were installed.
This allows the pilot to launch the missile towards the air target, then it [missile] enters the flight path and makes the acquisition of the target itself," the expert explained.
"Despite the similarity in appearance of the RVV-MD2 with its previous version – this is a completely new product with a new electronic 'stuffing' that has retained all the advantages. And the maximum range of the missile has been increased to 50 km," Elesin said.
At the same time, the new missile is one of the most maneuverable. He is able to turn right after launch.
"The main distinguishing feature of the RVV-MD2 is the ability to turn 180 degrees after launch. This is achieved thanks to dynamic gas control," he concluded.
This missile is basically the AIM-9X block 3 but operational.