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Russia to develop missile systems for T-50 fighter by 2014

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Tactical anti-ship missile Kh-35UE

MOSCOW (BNS): The Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV) of Russia is planning to complete the development of advanced tactical air-launched missile systems for the Sukhoi T-50 fifth-generation fighter within the next two years, a media report said.

"The development of Kh-35UE (AS-20 Kayak), Kh-38ME, Kh-58UShKE (AS-11 Kilter), and RVV-MD (AA-11 Archer) class missiles will be completed in 2012-2013," RIA Novosti quoted head of the Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV), Boris Obnosov as saying.

By the time the T-50 fighter enters service with the Russian Air Force in 2014, its missile systems will be fully operational, he said.

Some of the missiles intended for the fighters such as Kh-31PD (AS-17 Mod 2) class missiles have already been tested using Sukhoi Su-34 (Fullback) fourth-generation strike aircraft and put into serial production, he added.

Kh-35UE has a maximum range of 260 kilometers and can hit targets within 245 kilometers, and the short-range RVV-MD air-to-air missile has a maximum range of 40 kilometers.

The Tactical anti-ship missile Kh-35UE is intended for engaging combat (assault landing) ships and transport vessels, navigating either individually or as part of naval strength group.

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