Su-30MK2 Vietnam Looks Equipped with R-77 Missiles

According to a report released by the Swedish International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), they only registered Vietnam orders for R-73 infra-red short-range air-to-air missiles to arm the Su-27 and Su-30MK2 fighter jets purchased from Russia, as reported from the Bao Dat Viet page. 

Su-30MK2 Vietnam Looks Equipped with R-77 Missiles

However, facts based on pictures have appeared in the media indicating that Flanker Vietnam during air defense missions, besides being equipped with R-73 missiles, also pinned a medium-range air-to-air missile guided by R-27ER radar hanging under the wing. 

Compared to the R-73 missile, the R-27ER has a range of up to 130 km, 4 Mach speed, while the R-73 range is only 30 km and 2.5 Mach speed, but the weakness of the R-27 is its low maneuverability, with a maximum load of 8 G. 

In addition to the two types of air-to-air missiles, there are reports that Vietnam is one of Russia's most advanced missile owners, the R-77 known as RVV-AE. 

The R-27 and R-77 missiles have the same range between 90 – 175 km on the R-77M1, a maximum speed of 4 Machs, but the R-77 probe are far more sensitive than the R-27. The advantages of the R-77 are onmaneuverabilityy, which is up to 150 degrees per second (maximum). 

Recently, the Vietnam National Defense Television (QPVN) reported that a training session on the removal of aircraft fire extinguisher status in the 935 Regiment appeared to be R-77 missile mounted on the Su-30MK2 fighter jet. 

The picture above reaffirms that the Su-30MK2 information from the Vietnam Air Force is equipped with the world's leading air-to-air weapons, creating significant advantages when implemented with anti-aircraft missions. 

It is unclear whether the R-77 version owned by Vietnam is the basic version or variant of the R-77M1, however, it is still good news for military lovers there who know that the Su-30MK2 and Su-27 have reached optimal levels. 

Three air-to-air missiles, including the R-27, R-73, and R-77, allowed Vietnamese Air Force pilots to choose the right weapon when engaging in different targets. In a more flexible way to drop targets and save missiles at optimal levels.