Sukhoi's PAK-FA fifth generation fighter plane being jointly developed by Russia and India is all set to be armed with never-seen-before advanced air engagement system.
The K-77M air-to-air missile will combine fire-and-forget guidance and single-shot-kill that will triumph over any evasive manoeuvres by the target.
"The major innovation of the K-77M air-to-air missile is its guidance system, based on an active phased array antenna (APAA) of its own, Izvestia daily reports. With APAA onboard, the missile has zero reaction time to unexpected evolutions of the target, which means that once it locks on an aircraft, it would hit it no matter what aerial acrobatics the target would perform to shake off the inbound killer missile," quoted Russia Today.
The APAA is the most modern technology and is extremely expensive to produce. It consists of large number of cone-shaped cells installed on the nose of the missile. The information obtained from all the cells help system complete a picture and engages the target.
The Sukhoi PAK-FA
Indian Air Force has signed partnership deal with its most trusted ally- Russia, to jointly develop a Fifth Generation Fighter Place that is expected to be ready by 2022. The Indian version would be based on currently in-development Russian Sukhoi PAK-FA T-50 prototype.
The aircraft will be jointly developed by Hindustan Aeronautical Limited (HAL) and the Sukhoi concern in Moscow. Once operational, it will replace the existing fleet of, Soviet-era, MiG-29 and Sukhoi Su-30MKI.
Under the USD11-million deal, India will receive its first working prototype by 2014, followed by a second prototype in 2017 and the third in 2019, from Russia.
The three prototypes would be subjected to extensive evaluation to test various components, onboard systems and general handling of weapon delivery.