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rec.aviation.military Frequently Asked Questions (part 3 of 5)
Section - C.17. What air-to-air missiles are in service?

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The following list covers the air-to-air missiles known to be in service or
under development, as of late 1993.

Guidance types:  AR = active radar, IR = infrared, Opt = optical, PR =
passive radar, SAR = semi-active radar.

    Missile                        Length Mass Range Speed Warhead Guidance
                                   (m)    (kg) (km)  (M)   (kg)
    ------------------------------ ------ ---- ----- ----- ------- --------
    International
      AIM-132A ASRAAM              2.90   87   15    ?     10      IR
      S225X                        ?      ?    100   ?     ?       AR
    Brazil
      MAA-1 Mol                    2.82   90   10    2.0   12      IR
    China
      PL-2                         2.99   76   3     ?     11      IR
      PL-3                         2.99   82   3     ?     14      IR
      PL-5B                        2.89   85   16    ?     9       IR
      PL-7                         2.75   90   ?     ?     13      IR
      PL-8                         3.00   120  5     ?     11      IR
      PL-9                         2.99   120  5     ?     10      IR
      PL-10                        3.99   300  15    3.0   ?       SAR
    France
      MICA AR                      3.10   110  60    ?     ?       AR
      MICA IR                      3.10   110  60    ?     ?       IR
      R.550 Magic 1                2.72   89   10    2.0   13      IR
      R.550 Magic 2                2.75   90   10    2.0   13      IR
      Super 530D                   3.80   270  40    4.5   30      SAR
      Super 530F                   3.54   245  35    4.5   30      SAR
    Germany
      Iris                         ?      ?    ?     ?     ?       IR
    India
      Astra                        ?      ?    ?     ?     ?       AR
    Israel
      Python 3                     3.00   120  15    3.5   11      IR
      Python 4                     3.00   ?    ?     ?     ?       IR
      Shafrir 2                    2.60   93   5     ?     11      IR
    Italy
      Aspide 1                     3.70   220  100   4.0   35      SAR
      Aspide 2                     3.65   230  100   4.0   35      SAR
    Japan
      AAM-3 Type 90                2.60   70   5     ?     ?       IR
    Russia
      K-13A/R-13S "AA-2 Atoll"     2.84   75   8     2.5   11      IR
      K-13M/R-13M "AA-2-2 Atoll-D" 2.87   90   13    2.5   11      IR
      K-13R/R-13R "AA-2-2 Atoll-C" 3.50   93   8     2.5   11      SAR
      Kh-31P "AS-17 Krypton"       5.23   600  200   3.0   90      PR
      KS-172 RVV-L                 7.40   750  400   ?     ?       AR
      R-23R "AA-7 Apex"            4.46   244  27    3.4   35      SAR
      R-23T "AA-7 Apex"            4.16   217  27    3.4   35      IR
      R-24R "AA-7 Apex"            4.46   ?    ?     ?     ?       SAR
      R-24T "AA-7 Apex"            4.16   ?    ?     ?     ?       IR
      R-27EA "AA-10 Alamo"         4.78   350  130   ?     39      AR
      R-27EM "AA-10 Alamo"         4.78   350  170   ?     39      SAR
      R-27ER "AA-10 Alamo-C"       4.78   350  130   ?     39      SAR
      R-27ET "AA-10 Alamo-D"       4.78   350  130   ?     39      IR
      R-27P "AA-10 Alamo"          ?      ?    ?     ?     39      PR
      R-27R "AA-10 Alamo-A"        4.08   235  60    ?     39      SAR
      R-27T "AA-10 Alamo-B"        3.80   245  40    ?     39      IR
      R-33 "AA-9 Amos"             4.15   490  120   ?     47      SAR
      R-37                         ?      600  150   ?     ?       AR
      R-40RD "AA-6 Acrid"          5.98   461  70    4.5   38      SAR
      R-40TD "AA-6 Acrid"          5.98   460  30    4.5   38      IR
      R-60 "AA-8 Aphid"            2.14   45   7     2.5   4       IR
      R-60M "AA-8 Aphid"           2.14   45   ?     2.5   4       IR
      R-60MK "AA-8 Aphid"          2.14   45   12    2.5   4       IR
      R-73/R-73M1 "AA-11 Archer"   2.90   105  15    ?     7       IR
      R-73E/R-73M2 "AA-11 Archer"  2.90   110  30    ?     7       IR
      R-77 RVV-AE "AA-12"          3.60   175  90    3.0   18      AR
    South Africa
      Darter                       2.75   89   10    4.2   16      IR
      V3B Kukri                    2.94   73   4     3.9   ?       IR
    Taiwan
      Sky Sword I                  2.87   90   15    ?     ?       IR
      Sky Sword II                 3.60   190  40    ?     ?       SAR
    United Kingdom
      Active Sky Flash             3.66   208  50    4.0   30      AR
      Sky Flash                    3.66   192  50    4.0   30      SAR
    United States of America
      AIM-7M Sparrow               3.66   230  100   2.5   39      SAR
      AIM-7P Sparrow               3.66   230  45    ?     39      SAR
      AIM-7R Sparrow               3.66   ?    45    ?     ?       IR+SAR
      AIM-9J Sidewinder            3.07   78   15    2.5   ?       IR
      AIM-9L Sidewinder            2.87   87   18    2.5   10      IR
      AIM-9M Sidewinder            2.87   87   8     2.5   10      IR
      AIM-9P Sidewinder            3.07   82   8     2.5   12      IR
      AIM-9R Sidewinder            2.87   87   8     2.5   10      Opt
      AIM-9S Sidewinder            2.87   87   8     2.5   10      IR
      AIM-9TC Sidewinder           3.00   84   ?     ?     ?       IR
      AIM-54C Phoenix              4.30   463  200   4.0   60      AR
      AIM-92A Stinger              1.52   14   5     2.0   3       IR
      AIM-120A AMRAAM              3.65   157  75    4.0   22      AR
      Have Dash                    3.00   180  50    3.0   ?       AR+IR

[Most of the information here is from Doug Richardson and Piotr Butowski's
survey of AAMs in the October 1993 issue of _Air International_]

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