When equipped with K-77M missiles, the power of Su-57 will be greatly increased and this will make more countries want to buy Russian fighters.
The Su-57 is currently considered a fifth-generation fighter and tests many of the sixth-generation technologies, including hypersonic missiles, advanced forms of artificial intelligence, integrated flight capabilities, and control drone escort.
The Su-57 will be equipped with the new Saturn-30 engine from 2022, which will significantly improve the flight performance and durability of the aircraft. The Saturn-30 is considered the world’s best aircraft engine and is well suited for offensive operations far beyond Russian airspace.
Most Russian fighters , including the majority of the Su-35 fleet, are armed with modernized versions of the R-27, which is an advanced air-to-air missile. world’s leading semi-active radar-based. However, the flight ability of the R-27 is considered to be inferior to that of modern missiles using active radar guidance such as Meteor or the US AIM-120C/D.
Therefore, Russia has developed a new type of specialized long-range air-to-air missile, the K-77M missile. Developed specifically for the Su-57 and designed to give the aircraft an air combat advantage over competitors such as the F-22, F-35.
With a range of over 190km, the K-77M is still not the longest-range air-to-air missile Russia has developed, but in many ways it is the most complex.Notably, this missile is also designed to use the same AESA radar as the Chinese PL-15 missile, making the missile more difficult to jam and providing better target locking against enemy aircrafts
While Russia’s longer-range missiles are primarily developed to target large and difficult-to-manoeuvre targets, such as AWACS, aerial refueling aircraft, bombers and transport aircraft. , the K-77M missile is optimized to be able to destroy small and agile targets at extremely long ranges. The most notable feature is the use of the nose mount of the phased active array antenna (APAA) guidance system, which is key to making the missile highly accurate and limiting enemy fighters ability to evade it.
In addition to the Su-57, the K-77M can also be used to equip lower-end Russian fighters such as the Su-35, Su-30SM2 and Su-27SM3, all of which have relatively new sensors which are suitable for guiding such missiles.
The K-77M missile will be key to restoring some of the missile advantage Russia enjoyed during the Cold War years and preparing the Russian air force to confront next-generation threats such as AIM-260 missiles United States is currently under development.
Equipping K-77M missiles will also significantly increase foreign customers’ interest in Russian fighters, especially the export of the new generation Su-57 aircraft to foreign countries are interested.
In recent years, the R-77 has greatly damaged the reputation of Russian-made air-to-air weapons because of its range. Now the K-77M/Product 180 missile with twice the range of the R-77 (supposedly up to 190 km) has appeared. This is a weapon that adds wings to modern Russian fighters, such as the Su-57 and the upcoming Su-75 Checkmate.