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Thread: R-73M2 vs AIM-9X Block II

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    R-73M2 vs AIM-9X Block II

    This is two missiles A2A world's best

    I have read and come to a conclusion: the two missiles are quite similar parameters as the IIR seeker 2 are capable of all-aspects. However there are a few differences:



    AIM-9X block II Range: 26km
    R-73m2 Range: 40 km

    AIM-9X block II Speed​​: mach 2.5
    R-73m2 Speed​​: Mach 2.5

    AIM-9X block II FOV: 90 degrees
    R-73m2 FOV: 120 degrees
    off-boresight AIM-9X block II: 80 degrees
    off-boresight R-73m2: 60 degrees (version of R-74 Off-Boresight Capability 75 degrees)

    AIM-9X block II Lock on after launcher (but has changed with the new version of AIM-9X Block III LOBL)
    R-73m2 Lock on beforce launcher

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    No reason not to include other AAMs like IRIS T, ASRAAM, Python 5, A darter, AAM-5, PL-10.

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    Here some ASRAAM details - PDF
    +/- 90 degrees off-boresight
    Lock after launch capability
    Range - 16+ km? (Max 50km??? -Youtube Link)
    Speed - Mach 3+ (Link-1, Link-2)
    Seeker - IIR 128*128
    Target G Limits - 50g

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    R-73M2
    Does such a designation exist officially?

    ...the two missiles are quite similar parameters as the IIR seeker 2 are capable of all-aspects.
    Do the latest versions of the R-73 have an imaging IR seeker - or is it still a 2-colour seeker? Might that make a difference in performance?
    Last edited by Levsha; 19th October 2013 at 15:20.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzo View Post
    No reason not to include other AAMs like IRIS T, ASRAAM, Python 5, A darter, AAM-5, PL-10.
    Indeed.

    Public domain information shows the A-Darter to have a 180 degree look angle, 120 degree per second track rate, LOAL and LOBL, thermal imaging, laser proximity fuse, and thrust vecoring control allowing up to 100g's peak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Levsha View Post
    Do the latest versions of the R-73 have an imaging IR seeker - or is it still a 2-colour seeker?
    To the best of my knowledge, the R-73 currently uses a single-colour seeker.

    A two-colour Impuls seeker made by the Ukrainian company Arsenal was introduced by the RVV-MD improved variant of the R-73. This is not an imaging IR device, but is reported to offer a lock-on range of up to 20 km, a look angle of plus or minus 60 degrees, and improved ECCM capabilities.
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    Add Mica?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzo View Post
    No reason not to include other AAMs like IRIS T, ASRAAM, Python 5, A darter, AAM-5, PL-10.
    These have small production run relative to AIM-9X and R-73. so it is highly unlikely the amount of R&D spent is on same level

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    Equating size of production run to level of R&D spending and thus to missile capability is of questionable value.

    The team that developed the IRIS-T has been developing advanced IR seekers for more than 30 years under various R&D programmes.

    ASRAAM uses a variant of the Raytheon seeker developed for AIM-9X, so has been able to take advantage of US R&D efforts in this area.

    I have visited Rafael’s R&D facilities and they are as advanced as any that I have seen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mercurius View Post
    Equating size of production run to level of R&D spending and thus to missile capability is of questionable value.

    The team that developed the IRIS-T has been developing advanced IR seekers for more than 30 years under various R&D programmes.

    ASRAAM uses a variant of the Raytheon seeker developed for AIM-9X, so has been able to take advantage of US R&D efforts in this area.

    I have visited Rafael’s R&D facilities and they are as advanced as any that I have seen.
    oh thank ! you come from Military company ?

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    Back in the cold-war days, I worked in several companies that were involved with missiles. Now in my 70s, I work as a defence consultant.
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