RMAF Air To Air Missile Firings

SHAH ALAM: RMAF has published videos of its fighter aircraft firing air to air missiles, most likely for the first time. The videos published on its social media pages within the last two days, showed the Sukhoi Su-30MKM Flanker, Bae Systems Hawk Mk108s and the Boeing F/A-18D Hornet firing missiles as part of the 2020 air to air missile firing exercise.

The first video uploaded was that of the Flanker – No. 12 Squadron – firing a R-77 (AA-12) missile, second a Hawk firing an AIM-9M Sidewinder while the third was the Hornet from the No. 18 Squadron firing the latest version of the Sidewinder, the AIM-9X. I believed this was the first time the Hornets had fired the X, the latest and greatest version of the Sidewinder.

A screengrab of the AIM-9X after it was fired from the Hornet.

From RMAF Facebook page

Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia telah melaksanakan Program Validasi Tembakan Misil Udara ke Udara (AAMF) bagi tahun 2020 di kawasan latihan sekitar perairan Selat Melaka.
Objektif utama program ini adalah bagi menguji tahap kompetensi anak kapal pesawat pejuang dan juga kesiagaan aset-aset TUDM. Program ini bermula dari 15 sehingga 20 Nov 20 yang melibatkan pesawat Sukhoi SU-30MKM, F/A-18D Hornet, Hawk 108/208 dan B200T

AAMF Berjaya Menguji Keupayaan Kompetensi dan Kesiagaan Pesawat dan Anak Kapal TUDM

Melalui Latihan Tembakan Misil Udara ke Udara (AAMF) 2020 , No. 18 Skuadron sekali lagi telah membuktikan prestasi dan tahap kesiagaan yang cemerlang apabila berjaya melaksanakan tembakan peluru berpandu AIM-9X yang tercanggih di dunia dengan menggunakan Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) yang dipakai oleh anak kapal F/A-18D Hornet. Latihan tembakan adalah bertujuan menguji keberkesanan peluru berpandu tercanggih yang dimiliki TUDM selepas Program Naik Taraf pesawat F/A-18D Hornet sebagai aset yang setanding dengan pesawat-pesawat canggih di dunia. Keberkesanan peluru berpandu ini ternyata membuktikan kesiapsiagaan TUDM secara amnya, apabila berjaya mengenai sasaran yang dibidik secara off boresight dengan menggunakan JHMCS. Pujian sewajarnya diberikan kepada warga No. 18 Skuadron serta semua pihak yang terlibat menjayakan latihan AAMF.

On the Hawk mission.

Latihan Tembakan Misil Udara ke Udara (AAMF) melibatkan pesawat Hawk dari No 6 dan No 15 Skn. Pelaksanaan latihan ini untuk menguji tahap kompetensi juruterbang pesawat Hawk serta “ground crew” dan juga menguji kesiagaan aset-aset TUDM yang terlibat.

R-77 missile shortly before it was fired.

As RMAF did not published any photographs from the missile firings nor send out videos for download, we have to rely on the screengrabs from the videos to see whats going on. The video of the Flanker missile shot showed that it was carrying the ACMI pod as seen by Malaysian Defence last year. The post also will give an overview of a missile firing exercise so if you have any questions on the latest one, please read the post for context

The R-77 on its way to the target. Note the ACMI pod on the port wing.

— Malaysian Defence

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