Russia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 5 July that its long-running Vympel R-37M air-to-air missile (AAM) programme is finishing its operational validation tests. The missile, which is capable of hitting targets up to 300 km away, has been in development with different variants since the end of the previous decade and will give Russia’s fighter force the longest range AAM that all except one of these aircraft have ever been fitted with.
The R-37M’s design was derived from the missiles that had preceded it: the R-33 and R-37. Like those predecessors, the R-37M was intended only to be integrated onto the MiG-31 interceptor, according to the Russian MoD.
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