After the statement of the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Sergey Shoigu about the testing of the latest operational-tactical cruise missile in Syria, video confirmation of this fact appeared on the Web. The launch of the X-59MK2 missile developed in Russia was made by the 5 generation fighter Su-57.
The new KR was created on the basis of the X-59MK Ovod-M rocket. At one time, the Gadfly was one of the best precision-guided munitions, but the 90s practically put an end to them. Only in the middle of zero the Russian military department was able to start a program to modernize these missiles.
Initially, X-59МК2 was designed for Su-35, Su-30СМ fighters and Su-34 bombers. In appearance, it differed little from the X-59MK. However, it was later decided to make the missile less visible to the enemy’s radar and optimize it for the internal compartments of the promising Su-57 fighter. This led to the fact that the Kyrgyz Republic received a “square shape”. According to a number of sources, the newest Russian combat aircraft is capable of carrying up to four such missiles.