Also, the Indian Air Force are working to integrate the R-73E missiles into the weapons of Dassault Mirage 2000H fighters.
Interesting they are wasting time doing this when they said they were going to switch to ASRAAM as their standard short range AAM... unless that report was just BS.
I was hoping it would be the R-27EA. Well.
My understanding is that that was a largely Ukrainian project that was not adopted by anyone so it was not fully developed.
For the Russian AF the R-77 made more sense in terms of ARH missiles... not that they had a lot of aircraft that could carry it up until the last decade or so.
But if I was India, I would have asked since the beggining a production line for the ramjet r-77 or the r-77PD with longer range when they bought the su30MKI. The basic r-77 they have sucks.
Well first of all how can you say the basic R-77 sucks... India has tested it and uses it in service and they clearly were happy to buy more... the number of times the AMRAAM has failed even when launched from inside its stated max range suggests its numbers are inflated anyway.
Second, India has a history of joint ventures with Russia so I am surprised they don't follow on their Brahmos project with a new air to air missile joint project with Russia where they make a scramjet powered AAM.... why would you bother with ramjet motors for AAMs now?
Missed its target almost regularly during several training exercise.
Yet India chose to buy 400 of them... and they were likely the expensive missile in the missiles bought... unless you think they were all the same price each?
R 73 can also be integrated with the homegrown LCA Tejas fighter.
But what of claims the R-73 is obsolete and is to be replaced by ASRAAM?
Rvv ae is the export version of r-77. Small range and like you said not so good during tests. Russians never bought it.
They bought a few hundred for testing, but the only aircraft types during the 1990s that could use the R-77 were MiG-29SM models and of course the Su-25TM... there was no need to buy a lot.
Russia has developed an AESA seaker and they have the technology of the ramjet for missiles. That's what they should have developed since the beggining and what india should have asked.
Why bother with ramjet when scramjet can be twice as fast...
There is a first time for everything. They have China and Pakistan at their border. They better have production lines for most of their important munitions including air to air missiles.
You'd think so, but it seems to be more important to spend 8 billion dollars on 36 Rafales than ensure locally produced air to air missiles are available no matter what.
A swordsman spends most of his time keeping his blade razor sharp... not polishing the pommel stones so they shine nice and pretty...
What really matters is the aerodynamic during the launch. Radar guided missiles need to work with fighter's radar/datalink which is more difficult to do and more sensitive.
The weapon pylon used for the R-77 has a pneumatic ram that throws the missile down away from the aircraft on launch before motor start so weapon release shouldn't be a problem. My understanding is that the Su-30MKI is not fully plug and play like the Su-35 so they need to upgrade them to use the newer missiles like RVV-SD etc... something I would think was a priority...
If the Russian AF makes large scale purchase of this air to air missile then India might also follow.
They are buying the newer fully digital RVV-SD instead... especially now that they have MiG-29SMT and Su-30 and Su-35s and soon Su-57s that can actually use them. The MiG-31BM can also use the RVV-SD too.
In fact I suspect the Ka-52K can use them as well.
Air to air missiles that have too many fins causes aerodynamic problems like flutter on the aircraft. Maybe that's why ASRAAM is a finless design.
ASRAAM uses thrust vectoring motor control so external stabilisers just add drag...
The R-73 has a thrust vectoring motor too but it also has stabiliser fins and control surfaces so it can manouver even after the rocket motor has burned out.
The missile doesn't exist. Only some paperwork done but the ramjet version was cancelled.
Of course the ramjet version was cancelled... a scramjet powered model offers much better performance for a little extra work... work that is already being done on other missiles.
Rocket ramjet missiles are not new... the SA-6, the Kh-31, and so many anti ship missiles it is hard to count... they are good, but the replacement for the SA-6 was the pure rocket powered SA-11 and SA-17 and now the BUK-M3 whatever it is called. Their replacements will likely go back to the rocket ramjet design but a rocket scramjet instead for much better speed and range...
If the indian stocks are destroyed then they are left with nothing and China has the advantage.
And most importantly... your aircraft are just delivery vehicles for the ordinance... if it is rubbish then it does not matter how capable or expensive the delivery vehicle is...