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Also Known As: AA-10 Alamo-D and R-27ET1
Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV)
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Description: The R-27, also known as AA-10 Alamo by Western intelligence, is a family of medium range air-to-air missiles originally designed to fit the last generation of Soviet Air Force air defense fighter aircraft such as Mig-23, Mig-29 and Su-27 deployed in the 1980s. Their purpose is to engage a variety of airborne targets day/night in all weather conditions in the front and rear hemisphere in heavy clutter environments. It features a modular design architecture to accommodate a variety of seekers and propulsion systems for extended range. The R-27 missile variants are fitted with a proximity and target impact fuze and a 39 kg rod-type warhead. The R-27 missile family has been assigned as the Soviet counterpart to the United States AIM-7 Sparrow but the R-27 enjoys more range and more flexibility. The basic R-27 missile achieved initial operational capability in 1982 with the Soviet Air Force.
The R-27TE, R-27ET1 production standard, is a medium range infrared guided air-to-air missile with dual-thrust solid-fuel engine for extended range of up to 80 kilometers. The infrared seeker allows to engage multiple airborne targets simultaneously with fire and forget capability. The airborne targets for the R-27TE missile are highly maneuverable aircraft, helicopters and reduced radar cross section (RCS) aircraft. The longer range was also aimed at engaging Western Early Airborne Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft such as E-2 Hawkeye and E-3 Sentry. Besides, the infrared seeker provides a stealth air-to-air engagement mode tanks to the lack of emissions. The R-27TE was supplied to the Mig-29 and Su-27 fighter aircraft beginning in the mid-1980s.
Diameter: 260 millimeter (10.2 inch)
Length: 4.49 meter (177 inch)
Wingspan: 0.80 meter (31.5 inch)
Max Range: 80 kilometer (43 nautical mile)
Min Range: 2 kilometer (1.08 nautical mile)
Top Speed: 4 mach (4,782 kph)
Warhead: 39 kilogram (86 pound)
Weight: 343 kilogram (756 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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