Su-57 was first shown with the latest missile "Product 180"

The Russian Su-57 fighter was first seen carrying the new K-77 air-to-air missile, the design of which is partly based on the currently existing R-77, writes the American edition of The Military Watch.

The K-77 ("Product 180") was developed specifically to equip the Su-57 fighters and, accordingly, is shorter than other long-range missiles for placement in the internal compartments of the new fighter.

The K-77 is expected to bridge the firepower gap between the Su-57 and the new American and Chinese fighters. At the same time, the new American AIM-120D missile and the Chinese PL-15 (currently considered the most modern and technologically advanced) outshine the older R-77 missile in their capabilities.

Russian sources report that the range of the "Product 180" is 193 km (for the American AIM-120D missile this figure is 180 km, for the Chinese PL-15 - about 250-300 km). Technologies missile guidance makes the K-77 extremely accurate even against small and maneuverable targets at extreme distances. The sophisticated electronics in the nose of the rocket can overcome the problem of the "field of view" of the radar, allowing the rocket to maintain a 360-degree view of its surroundings and thus preventing fighters from evading it.
  • Used photographs: State Flight Test Center of the Ministry of Defense named after V.P. Chkalov
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  1. Sergey Tokarev Offline Sergey Tokarev
    Sergey Tokarev (Sergey Tokarev) 5 October 2020 18: 42
    Is the Chinese one also compact or is it better to compare it with a pennant?
  2. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) 5 October 2020 18: 53
    Su-57 was first shown with the latest missile "Product 180"

    -No ... -Well, as they write ... -you read, you read, and you can't bear it ...
    -Well, what are they writing ... nonsense ...

    To provide the fighter aviation regiments of the Russian Aerospace Forces with total superiority over both the US Air Force and the Air Force of Great Britain, France and Sweden can only "defrost" the program for the development of the promising air-to-air missile R-77PD ("Product-180PD"), equipped with a ram a jet engine, like the European "Meteor" .. More:

    The main phase of research and development work on this project was completed in 2012 and the first experimental military batch of R-77PD was prepared for delivery to combat units. Nevertheless, as very often happens in our defense industry, the high cost of manufacturing critical components of ramjet engines has once again put an end to the unique model of weapons: information about the R-77PD has evaporated from the Russian media space as if by magic. Instead, the pages of leading information publications were full of messages about a simpler, less effective and much cheaper "Product-180" without the letters "PD" .. More:

    adaptation of the "Products-180" layout to the internal armament bays of the 5th generation Su-57 fighter forced Vympel specialists to take an extremely risky step - to deprive the rocket of standard and effective lattice aerodynamic control surfaces (used on conventional R-77), which provided stunning maneuverability in air combat at short and medium distances from 1 to 50 km. Lattice rudders retained their efficiency at angles of attack of 40 degrees and ensured an angular rate of turn of the rocket of 150 degrees / s, while the new flat rudders (a la AMRAAM style) were not able to realize even 70% of the above indicators. More details:

    Moreover, the installation of a dual-mode rocket engine on the Product-180 provides Russian fighter aircraft with parity only with the US Air Force, which has AIM-120D missiles, while the arsenals of the Typhoon fighters of the British Air Force and Gripen of the Swedish Air Force and Rafal The French Air Force is actively replenishing with the unique Meteor air combat missiles equipped not with conventional solid-propellant rocket engines, but with economical ramjet engines. These engines can boast of a longer period of operation (due to the presence of a system for regulating the supply of powdered solid fuel to the combustion chamber), which makes it possible for Meteora to maintain a flight speed of 1700 - 1600 km / h and high maneuverability at a distance of about 150 km. Unfortunately, the "Product-180" cannot boast of such qualities, as well as the American AIM-120D, which means that there can be no question of any interception of a maneuvering fighter at a distance of 170 km. At such a large distance, only a low-maneuverable target can be destroyed - a strategic bomber, or an F-15E fighter with heavy missile and bomb armament on suspensions .. More:

    -Who are you going to shoot down ???
  3. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 5 October 2020 23: 26
    Next time with "Product 181" will be shown, but when will the release be ??? With the engine of the 2nd, 3rd stage?
    They wrote that it will not be until 25 ...
  4. Herman 4223 Offline Herman 4223
    Herman 4223 (Alexander) 6 October 2020 13: 25
    How is 360 ° view? How is this possible?
  5. margo Offline margo
    margo (margo) 6 October 2020 16: 05
    bridges the firepower gap between the Su-57 and the new American and Chinese fighters

    - with the difference that the Chinese and Americans have fighters, but the SU57 does not. How can you close the gap with what is not?