A surface-to-air version of the Vympel R-77 was displayed at the recent 2013 Moscow Air Show. The system was developed jointly by Almaz-Antei and Tactical Missile Corp. (Russian acronym ). Housed in a container weighing 360 pounds, the weapon has a firing range greater than 10 miles and a ceiling of more than 30,000 feet. “A number of foreign customers have repeatedly asked us for this application of the missile,” said Boris Obnosov, general director.
specializes in cruise missiles with ranges up to 300 miles, and has a workforce of 40,000 serving in 25 different enterprises. The corporation’s rate of production will increase “by two to three times over the next five years” and “far more” by 2020, Obnosov said. The production increase is needed to support Russian armed forces’ modernization programs, with large Soviet stockpiles having been depleted by expiring lifetimes of legacy missile types.
Since 2011, has completed state acceptance trials on “dozens” of new and modified missile types, Obnosov said. These have recently included the latest Kh-/ version of the air-to-surface missile series. In addition, has made “much progress” with new and reworked models of 250-kg, 500-kg and 1,500-kg guided bombs, Obnosov added. “These can come with thermal imagers, active radar heads and satellite [meaning Glonass/] guidance….we have just completed work on the satellite weapon,” he said. continues to use turbojet engines from Ukrainian supplier Motor-Sich, which Obnosov described as “a reliable partner.” However, is increasingly using Russian-made engines from Saturn, including the newest Item 64. One of its applications is the extended-range Kh-35U anti-ship missile.