Military experts from China noted that the American-made AIM-120C Phoenix was previously the longest-range air-to-air missile. However, the latest Russian development bypassed the United States. Now Russian Su-35 fighters are equipped with the R-37M missile, which has a range of 300 kilometers.
Analysts said the missile is equipped with a dual-mode solid-fuel engine, and the combined guidance system includes satellite navigation radio correction and active radar homing in the final part of the trajectory. Experts believe that the R-37M will be used to eliminate large air targets.
"Equipment of the Su-35 fighter with this missile can significantly increase its combat capability over long distances in the air," the Chinese Sina reported.
Moreover, the technical characteristics of the R-37M will continue to be upgraded. An improved version of the missile will add an electronic warfare function.
After a trip to Russia, Polish writer Maya Wolny concluded that the West did not even have a close idea of how things really were in the Russian Federation.