Russian Su-35S deployed to Syria carry the AA-12 Adder air-to-air missile: a significant threat to NATO planes

The Vympel R-77 (NATO designation AA-12 Adder) missile has eventually appeared in Syria.

The Russian Su-35S recently deployed to Syria have been accompanied by Vympel R-77 medium range, active radar homing air-to-air missile system; a weapon that can be considered the Russian counterpart of the American AIM-120 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile). Footage recently released by RT clearly shows the R-77s being loaded onto a Su-35S along with R-27T (AA-10 Alamo-B), IR-guided air-to-air missiles. Although it's not ...

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David Cenciotti is a freelance journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written four books.