"Larchinka-MD": Russian Su-57 fighter will receive a new hypersonic missile
The Russian fifth-generation fighter Su-57 will receive a new hypersonic missile. The Tactical Missile Armament Corporation (KTRV) is developing the new ammunition.
Russian developers of hypersonic weapons are implementing a new project. The work is being carried out within the framework of the Larchinka-MD R&D project. Today, the product is at the stage of prototyping, flight tests have not yet begun. According to reports, work on the rocket started in 2019. The lead developer is KTRV, the development of a ramjet rocket engine is being carried out by the Soyuz TMKB (Turaevskoe Machine-Building Design Bureau). It is known that the rocket will be equipped with an engine designated "item 70". The characteristics of the rocket have not yet been disclosed, it is assumed that its speed will be "above Mach 5".
As they say "News", citing military sources, the new hypersonic missile will enter the arsenal of Su-57 fighters as an anti-ship missile designed to replace the Kh-31. As follows from the publication, this is not official information; completely different options for using the new rocket are possible. At the same time, the military department confirms the development of a hypersonic ammunition for the Su-57. According to the military, the work is at the stage of ground testing and flights with mass-dimensional models.
Note that earlier it was reported about the development of another hypersonic missile for the Russian military aviation, the work is being carried out within the framework of the Gremlin ROC. The characteristics of the Gremlin are not disclosed, it is known that the missile is smaller in size than the previously developed hypersonic Dagger. The small size of the new missile will make it possible to use it not only from MiG-31 bombers and interceptors, but also from Su-57, Su-35 and Su-30SM fighters. It is assumed that the range of the missile will be up to 1,5 thousand km, and the hypersonic speed will be equal to 6 Mach.
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