Why India Doesn’t Like Its Russian-Made Missiles
After losing one of its fighters to Pakistani jets armed with American-made missiles, India is not happy with its Russian-made missiles.
In fact, it wants to replace its Russian air-to-air missiles with Israeli weapons, according to Indian news site NDTV.
“In two years from now, the Indian Air Force's frontline Sukhoi-30 fighters may be re-armed with Israeli Derby air-to-air missiles after the jet's Russian-made R-77 missiles were found wanting in air combat operations over the Line of Control on February 27 this year,” NDTV said.
During air battles along the Kashmir border on February 26 and 27, an Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-21 was shot down, apparently by a U.S.-made AIM-120 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile) fired by one of Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) American-built F-16 fighters. India claims to have downed a Pakistani fighter – which Pakistan denies – but India was still embarrassed by the capture of its MiG-21 pilot, who was shown on Pakistani television and later returned.
What troubles the Indian Air Force was that Pakistan was able to destroy an Indian jet from long range. “Among the Indian Air Force's fighters which were targeted were two Sukhoi-30s which managed to evade the AMRAAMs which were fired at close to their maximum range of 100 kilometers [62 miles],” according to NDTV. “Fully defensive and desperate to escape the incoming AMRAAMs, the IAF Sukhoi-30s escaped being shot down but were unable to retaliate the F-16s because they were out of position and their own missiles, the Russian R-77s, did not have the range to realistically engage the Pakistani fighters. IAF sources told NDTV that the Russian missiles do not match its advertised range and cannot engage targets which are more than 80 kilometers [50 miles] away.”
The early-model AIM-120A/B has a range of up to 75 kilometers (46 miles). But in 2010, Pakistan received a batch of the AIM-120C-5, with a range of 100 kilometers (62 miles). The most advanced AIM-120D has an estimated range of up to 160 kilometers (100 miles).
“The PAF surprised the IAF by launching air-to-air missiles from inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir,” said Sameer Joshi, a former Indian Air Force fighter pilot. “The AMRAAM effectively outranged the IAF air-to-air missiles which did not get a command to launch.”
India is now looking to Israel, from whom it has purchased numerous weapons, such as the Heron drone and the Derby, a radar-guided, beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile with a range of 50 kilometers (31 miles). To counter AMRAAM-armed Pakistani F-16s, the IAF is looking at the improved I-Derby, which features a more radar seeker and – most importantly – a 100-kilometer (62 mile) range.
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.gremelin.com/47903.html 译者：Joyceliu
Paver2 days ago
It's not the missile. It's the pilot training that matters. Pakistan pilots trained by American pilots. India trained by Russians.
voltesfiveno52 days ago
From the movie Armageddon -- "Components, American Components, Russian Components, All Made In Taiwan"
bharath2 days ago
In 1971 - during the Indo-Pak war, the US sent its Aircraft Carrier to threaten India to stand down. this is what put India in close proximity to Russian weapons. Russia's weapons may not be as potent as the US weapons. but they dont come with strings attached. When Pakistan was relentlessly indugling in Islamic terrorism in India, the US turned a blind eye - to support Pakistan and contain "Russia". its a complicated mess, but the US has its share of bad decisions..
NyYankee2 days ago
F16s are a generation ahead of the MiG21s. India sending MiG21s up against F16s is an error of the Indian high command. MiG21s are obsolete and have been replaced in most air forces around the world.
mboyeson2 days ago
For the same reason that they leave hatch doors open on submerging submarines...they do not know how to push the buttons for launch correctly...
Mr J2 days ago
They're so busy acting like the IRS and computer support that they forgot about everything else
Lawrence2 days ago
I wonder about India. Their $2.9 billion nuclear sub was heavily damaged when someone left a rear hatch door open during sea trials. Their Air Force is a hodgepodge of weaponry. They also have 1.3 billion people and never win any Olympic Medals.
AVI THE DUBBON2 days ago
They don’t like their Russian missiles? So, why are they now negotiating to buy more from Russia to the chagrin of the US?
Al2 days ago
India lied about losing any fighters at that time, only when Pakistan paraded the captured Indian pilot, India admitted the downing of its jets...
ballslapper2 days ago
Long range air to air missile fight. Not a dog fight. Russians are selling inferior weapons to foreigners, not their good stuff.
Life Made Simple2 days ago
that's funny, the warmongering of the fake national interest posted this article "Why India Doesn’t Like Its Russian-Made Missiles" while in the very next link to another article they posted another article saying "Why Is India Buying More Russian Air-to-Air Missiles?"
I was not that the Russians didn't work. The pilots fired them beyond their range. Now India want's missiles with more range.
Downriver2 days ago
Head to head American made has a pretty impressive record against Russia made weapons..
rick2 days ago
Despite what ever was said, the only country that produced proof that anything had been downed was Pakistan. India never had the remants of any F16 or anything else for that matter.
S2 days ago
Pakistan Air Force is heavily armed with the latest weapons, the Indians know it. Russia has excellent weapons, foremost the S-600, which can prevent most planes from flying.
RussianJew2 days ago
Yes, i know, it is Russian missiles that prevent Indian pilots to show how good they are in dog fights. I believe it: I am talking to Indian cust service reps daily.
Tash2 days ago
I'm sorry. What does a downed Mig-21 that was designed over 50 years ago have anything to do with SU-30 and its missile capabilities? R77 is a very good piece of equipment but it was designed to be placed on the next-to-last generation of the Soviet fighters like Su-27 and Mig-29 and now on Su-30 and alike.
I Am An American2 days ago
So if they are unhappy with the missiles, than why are they ordering more versions of them? Plus you can have the most advanced weapons on the planet but it the person operating them isn't properly trained, what difference will the weapons make?
MAX2 days ago
Because they have US , British and Australian Missiles and they can See the Differences of Good Quality Missiles and Cheap Bolshevik Missiles. And of Course they want to have The Best Reliable Missiles.
Hassan2 days ago
Or may be Pakistani fighter pilots were better trained and knew what they were doing. India lost 2 fighters plus a helicopter that was shot down by their army. Bottom line, you need more than quality hardware to fight wars - balls.
rob2 days ago
No surprise there....everything Russia makes is junk. Can't wait for the day that we finally get to show the Russians exactly how substandard their equipment is. They are not smart enough to create on their own. Every piece of technology they have was stolen from us or someone else. They think they have everything but they will be in for an extremely rude awakening when they find that we didn't let them have the good technology we possess!
Anywhere there is a war, you can be sure it is being fought with Russian and American weapons, often with countries using both.
mem2 days ago
India... hahahaha.. India should concentrate on building a proper sewer system and get toilets, into their people's homes...
Makes sense - I too wouldn't trust a missile made by a bunch of guys whose lunches consist of vodka.
Maxcrusader2 days ago
Those missiles on those jets are outdated, can't blame the manufacturer for using old equipment against new ones. India is cheap, they want top flight weapons for nothing.
T A2 days ago
Indian mig was shot down JF17 Thunder. US confirmed it later, because Pakistan should not suppose to use F16 because of agreement with the US.
s2 days ago
ISRAELI MISSILES ARE NOT GOOD EITHER! In the recent skirmish, India used them against Pakistan, and all of them missed the target.
Superdoopz2 days ago
Could you imagine if the whole world work together for one common goal such as advancing better living conditions for everyone, safe drinking water for all, reversing negative climate change, ECT ... We are too busy building weapons that will only destroy us, instead preserving human life.
dima2 days ago
every other publication on warmerican propaganda central is some sort of war propaganda
Standing Firm2 days ago
Nobody does it better than USA and Israel, who got the tech from its friends USA. Indian should also buy USA weaponry. The great Russian air defense failed against Israel too. Bombed away right through that Russia air junk.