A recent trip by Moscow’s Mayor Sergey Sobyanin to GosMKB Vympel—a visit that marked the state-owned company’s 70th anniversary—served as a prime opportunity to open the doors of its facility and display a number of interesting missiles, including the R-77 (AA-12 Archer), which it manufactures on site.  GosMKB, the machine-building design bureau, named Vympel in honor of Ivan Toropov, the main Russian designer of air-to-air missiles, tactical missile release ...

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