So all that remains is hypersonic missile attack? Kindzal, Gzur, Zirkon. Zircon is a little short range.
Zircon is a surface launched missile with a range of over 1,000km, while Kinzhal from a high speed high altitude launch from a MiG-31 has a range of 2,000km, and the Gzur is supposed to be much slower than either of those weapons (only mach 6) but with a range of 1,500km.
I would suggest that from an air launch above 12km altitude and perhaps just supersonic speed the Zircon should be good for a bare minimum 1,500km range which would be plenty for most targets as it would be flying at mach 9.
Awacs can track at very long range su-27/30/35 or mig-29/31 and mig-31. There won't be surprise attack by any side.
AWACS can be engaged at maximum range from any AAM or SAM... including the R-37M and any new missile that replaces it, and of course S-400 and soon S-500.
The mini aerial war between india and pakistan shows what new wars will be: everyone sees everything and the one with more fighters/missiles at the right place and right moment wins the battle.
Honestly India actually seemed a bit confused in that incident...
Radars have expended and they are much better than during cold war.
They have indeed.
If Russia wants to take advantage of the irbis they need to include r-77M on the su-35 quickly. Because right now even if it can spot an f-15 400km away the engagement zone are matched by both aircraft with their respective missiles with max theorical ranges of ~100km. At such distance both aircraft will have spoted the other for a good time.
I rather suspect Su-35s will be soon fitted with R-37M or perhaps the Product 810 they talk about for the Su-57...
But lets be honest... the real long range missiles are going to be the hypersonic scramjet powered AAMs they will be developing right now.
If the kh-58 you are talking about is this http://roe.ru/eng/catalog/aerospace-systems/air-to-air-missile/kh-58ushke/. You are saying that the Russian version only has more 30 km range...
I am saying the Kh-58 has a long history in Soviet and Russian service and for most of that time its range was 120km from most of the platforms that carried it.
The exception was the MiG-25 that could launch it from high altitude and high speed and it could reach 200km in that flight profile.
For the new Kh-58 that is largely changed to be carried internally its flight range is about 250km from aircraft can can get to 15km altitude and mach 2 speed.
If you think the Russian version can reach 500km then you are being very optimistic...
I am impressed it can reach 250km.... it has a 150kg warhead which is huge for such a weapon.
They should make a modification, call it the Kh-59Mk3, where instead of 2 missiles, it's just one missile that's .8 meters wide (with comformal drop tanks), probably giving it more than double the max range at something like 1,600-1,800km.
If the missile has that sort of range you might as well carry it externally...
Triples on external weapon racks would be interesting for the Tu-22M3M... the intake mountings for multiple ejector racks for carrying large numbers of iron bombs could be upgraded to carry twin or triple mounts with tandem missile load outs for heavier conventional payloads...