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‘Absolute killer’ air-to-air missile readied for Russian 5G fighter jet

Published time: December 03, 2013 16:36
Sukhoi fifth generation fighter jet, currently known as the PAK FA (Photo from

Sukhoi fifth generation fighter jet, currently known as the PAK FA (Photo from

Russia is finalizing an advanced air engagement system combining “fire-and-forget” guidance and “single-shot kill” ability within a single air-to-air missile. The system aims to frustrate any missile evasion maneuvers enabling a target to escape.

The K-77M air-to-air missile with this advanced guidance system will be fitted on to the fifth-generation fighter jet PAK-FA (advanced frontline aircraft system, also codenamed T-50) and it will start to be delivered to the Russian Air Force by 2017.
The major innovation of the K-77M air-to-air missile is its guidance system, based on an active phased array antenna (APAA) of its own, Izvestia daily reports. With APAA onboard, the missile has zero reaction time to unexpected evolutions of the target, which means that once it locks on an aircraft, it would hit it no matter what aerial acrobatics the target would perform to shake off the inbound killer missile.

The APAA guidance system for K-77M missiles has been elaborated by the Detal design bureau, based in the town of Kamensk-Uralsky in Russia’s Urals. The enterprise is a subdivision of Russia’s state-owned Tactical Missile Munitions Corporation.

Mikhail Vershinin, chief engineer of the Detal design bureau, told Izvestia that the enterprise is currently looking for a contractor which would install a state-of-the-art production line at the facility so that the system could start to be manufactured as soon as 2015.

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An active phased array antenna consists of a large number of cone-shaped cells installed under a transparent-to-radio-waves cap on the nose of the missile. Each cell receives only a part of the signal, but once digitally processed, the information from all cells is summarized into a “full picture,” enabling the K-77M missile to immediately respond to sharp turns of the target, making interception practically inevitable.

A similar technology is used in widely known Patriot surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, manufactured by Raytheon in the United States.

But the K-77M missile is much smaller, because it is supposed to fit into the interior bays of the PAK-FA fighter jet to ensure its stealth capabilities. Yet for the K-77M missile itself, a stealth aircraft or a UAV is a legitimate target it would track and destroy ordinarily.

The advanced missile system is fully compatible with the digital communication system of the fifth generation fighter jet, but also could be used on modernized fighter jets of the previous generation.

The Active Phased Array Antenna is the most modern radar technology today, and every such device is extremely expensive to produce. Yet the price of the target a missile equipped with APAA can destroy is much higher, so if the K-77M missile can guarantee hitting the target, it is worth the cost, Aleksandr Khramchikhin, an expert from the Institute of Political and Military Analysis, told Izvestia.

Comments (63)


R 05.12.2013 03:18

Proud Atheist 05.12.2013 01:53

A more proactive way is to establish new effective political parties and boycott the fraudulent political system.


I agree with you on this! The 2 party system allows for complacency. They do whatever they want cause they know the next guys will do the same, and then they will be put back in power anyway, cause there is not established 3rd contender. We need to go back to grassroots politics and elect populist candidates.

BTW, thanks for the civil debate. Most people just call me a government agent and then insult me.


R 05.12.2013 03:16

Leon the Professional 04.12.2013 20:07

I am a free man


You are free because the country you hate so much lets you be free. One day when you are passed your teenage rebel phase, you will be ashamed of how you hated on your fellow citizens cause of your young, volatile ideology.

As i said before, if you hate America that much, feel free to leave. Many people, who want to help rebuild America, are waiting in line for citizenship. So go off into the world, and we will replace you with someone who wants to help us instead of hurt us.


R 05.12.2013 03:13

Leon the Professional 04.12.2013 19:38

Naw, I'de rather stick around and exploit the United States and hurt your right wing feelings. Why don't you get out? It's not like you own the country or me for that matter.
I urinate on the American flag on a daily basis.


You are good with labels. Im right wing? im "right of center", which makes me a fiscal conservative and social liberal. I want to end U.S. military adventures as much as you do.

I just have a much move civilized way of expressing myself.

And you pee on a flag every day? How childish. What a way to make the world better.

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