Russia’s leading guided-weapons manufacturer will wheel out revised–if long- touted–versions of its two key air-to-air missile products this month, as it tries to bolster its position in the export arena.
Tactical Missile Corp.–also known as TRV–will formally unveil its so-called RVV-SD and RVV-MD missiles for the first time at the Moscow air show later this month. The RVV-SD is an improved version of the R-77 (AA-Adder), while the RVV-MD is a variant of the R-73 (AA-11 Archer).
The radar-guided R-77 has been sold widely, with China and India placing significant orders for the weapon, as was the case for the R-73. The baseline R-77 was designed in the 1980s, with development complete by around 1994. India was the first export customer for the export variant, known as the RVV AE, with the final batch delivered in 2002.