R-37M Hypersonic Air to Air Missile under the wings of Su-35
The R-37M missiles also aroused quite a lot of interest from Egypt, in particular, according to the Defense Arabia publication, Egypt will regret it quite a lot due to the fact that it never acquired fighters from Russia, which would give the country’s air force superiority in the region even over Israeli aircraft.
The SU-35 fighter jets commissioned in military operations in Ukraine are now refurbished with their latest missiles, the missiles are capable of destroying enemy fighter jets from a distance of 300 meters.
With that latest missile, the SU-35 fighter jet is capable of destroying enemy fighter jets before they are detected by radar.
Russian journalists said that, with the presence of Su-35 fighter jets, US technology is now behind and this allows SU-35 fighter jets to easily destroy United States fighter jets. However, Russian Su-35 still lacking AESA long range radar.
With the R-37M Missiles on Russian SU-57 fighter jets, NATO and western fighter jets will think thousands of times to fighting directly in the air.
The R-37 has been deployed for several years from the Russian Air Force’s MiG-31 Foxhound heavyweight interceptors, and is considered one of the most capable air to air missiles in the world with an impressive 400km range, Mach 6 speed and massive 60kg payload.
By contrast, the most capable long range air to air missile in U.S. service, the AIM-120D, has a 180km range, Mach 4.5 speed and a payload of around 20kg. The R-37’s very long range means it requires aircraft with very powerful sensors to deploy it, which previously meant that only the MiG-31, which carries by far the largest radar in the world for an aircraft designed for air to air combat, could employ it effectively.
The Su-35’s introduction of the powerful Irbis-E radar, however, allows the newer aircraft to also make effective use of the R-37M – with the jet expected to gain even better situational awareness in future when it integrates an AESA radar derived from that currently deployed by the Su-57 fighter. The ability of multiple Su-35s to share targeting data, as well as the fighter’s ability to share data with ground based radars and airborne early warning aircraft such as the A-50U, allows them to make better use of the R-37’s long range.
The R-37M is one of two new air to air missile classes to enter service in the Russian Air Force, the other being the K-77 which has a shorter range of approximately 193km but is more compact and has a sensor suite better suited to neutralizing maneuverable targets.