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MessageSujet: Re: Missiles   Dim 14 Juin 2009 - 2:14



The R-73 short-range air-to-air missile was developed by "Molniya" (recently the special design bureau Nr.4) design bureau. It's team at the beginning of the 1970s developed the R-60 missile and the R-73 was intended to replace it. It is known as the AA-11 "Archer" with NATO countries.
Missile features a wide angle infrared seeker and extreme maneuverability. The R-73 is completed with a vectored
trust system to make very tight turns. It's minimum range of fire is 0.3 km and missile is intended as a dogfight weapon in close air combats. Furthermore the R-73 is considered to be the most dangerous weapon system in close visual combat.
There were developed later variants of the R-73 missile:
- The R-73E missile features extended range;
- The R-73M1 (sometimes designated as R-73 RDM-1) features improved overall performance;
- The R-73M2 (R-73 RDM-2) has even better performance characteristics than it's predecessor - the R-73M1;
- The K-74ME.
All these missiles have the same AA-11 "Archer" NATO designation.
specifications
Contractor Vympel
Date Deployed 1980s
Range 20 km (R-73M1) 30 km (R-73M2) 40 km
Speed Mach 2.5
Propulsion One solid-propellant rocket motor
Guidance All aspect Infrared
Warhead 7.4 kg HE expanding rod warhead
Launch Weight 105 kg (R-73M1) 115 kg (R-73M2)
Length 2.9 m
Diameter 170 mm
Fin Span 0.51 m
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MessageSujet: Re: Missiles   Dim 14 Juin 2009 - 21:21