AIM-7E-2 Sparrow

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Description

The AIM-7E-2 Sparrow missile (scale is approximate)


The AIM-7E-2 Sparrow is an American semi-active radar-homing air-to-air missile. It was introduced in Update "Direct Hit". It is an upgraded variant of the original AIM-7E Sparrow.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

General info

Missile characteristics
Mass 193 kg
Guidance SARH
Signal CW
Lock range 25 km
Launch range 50 km
Maximum speed 4 M
Maximum overload 25 G
Missile guidance time 40 secs
Explosive mass 11.52 kg TNTeq

Effective damage

The AIM-7E-2 has a 30 kg (65 lb) MK 38 MOD 0 continuous rod warhead with 9 kg of PBXN-4 high explosive. It is capable of destroying fighter-sized targets with a single hit in most cases.

Comparison with analogues

The AIM-7E-2 is a significant improvement over the baseline AIM-7E and is comparable to the British Skyflash missile.

Usage in battles

As an immediate upgrade to the original AIM-7E Sparrow air-to-air missile, the AIM-7E-2 improves on a number of the AIM-7E's critical shortcomings. The most notable difference is the vastly improved manoeuvrability of the missile. With a 25G overload, the AIM-7E-2 can reliably engage, track, and defeat targets flying defensively even at close range and lower altitudes. It also features faster target acquisition, allowing the player to launch during limited engagement windows. This allows the AIM-7E-2 to engage targets flying at high speeds and oblique angles, a feat the AIM-7E struggles to perform. Coupled with more advanced radars such as the AN/APG-66J on the F-4EJ Kai Phantom II, the AIM-7E-2 is among the first SARH missiles capable of being reliably used in very low altitude dogfights while retaining the long-range effectiveness of the Sparrow at high altitude.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • All-weather
  • All-aspect
  • Begins tracking right off the rail
  • Good manoeuvrability allows engagement of agile targets at ranges as close as 2 to 4 km
  • High supersonic top speed

Cons:

  • Can sometimes fail to track
  • Radar lock must be maintained for the entire duration of the missile's flight
  • Missile potential can be limited by radars with no look-down/shoot-down (LD/SD) capability

History

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Media

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See also

Related development

External links

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Missiles
USA 
AAM  AIM-7C Sparrow · AIM-7D Sparrow · AIM-7E Sparrow · AIM-7E-2 Sparrow · AIM-7F Sparrow
  AIM-9B Sidewinder · AIM-9C Sidewinder · AIM-9D Sidewinder · AIM-9E Sidewinder · AIM-9G Sidewinder · AIM-9H Sidewinder · AIM-9J Sidewinder · AIM-9L Sidewinder · AIM-9P Sidewinder
  AIM-54A Phoenix
  ATAS (AIM-92)
AGM  AGM-12B Bullpup · AGM-12C Bullpup · AGM-22 · AGM-65A · AGM-65B · AGM-65D · AGM-114B Hellfire · AGM-114K Hellfire II · BGM-71D TOW-2
ATGM  BGM-71 TOW · BGM-71A TOW · BGM-71B TOW · BGM-71C I-TOW
SAM  FIM-92 Stinger · MIM146
Germany 
AAM  AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder · R-60MK
AGM  HOT-1 · HOT-2 TOW · HOT-3 · PARS 3 LR
ATGM  HOT-K3S
SAM  Roland
USSR 
AAM  9M39 Igla · R-3R · R-3S · R-13M1 · R-23R · R-23T · R-24R · R-24T · R-60 · R-60M
AGM  9K127 Vikhr · 9M17M Falanga · 9M17P Falanga-PV · 9M120 Ataka · 9M120-1 Ataka
  Kh-23M · Kh-25 · Kh-25ML · Kh-29L · Kh-29T · Kh-66 · S-25L
ATGM  3M7 · 9M14 · 9M113 Konkurs · 9M114 Shturm · 9M123 Khrizantema · 9M133 · 9M133FM3 · 9M133M-2
SAM  9M311 · 9M311-1M
Britain 
AAM  Fireflash · Firestreak · Red Top · Skyflash · SRAAM
ATGM  BAe Swingfire · MILAN · MILAN 2 · ZT3
SAM  Starstreak
Japan 
ATGM  Type 64 MAT · Type 79 Jyu-MAT
SAM  Type 91
China 
AAM  PL-2 · PL-5B · TY-90
AGM  Blue Arrow 9 · AKD-9
ATGM  302 · HJ-73 · HJ-73E · HJ-9
SAM  HN-6
Italy 
AAM  Aspide-1A
SAM  Mistral SATCP
France 
AAM  AA-20 Nord · Matra R511 · Matra R530 · Matra R530E · Matra Super 530D · Matra Super 530F · Matra R550 Magic 1 · Matra R550 Magic 2 · Mistral
AGM  9M14-2 Malyutka-2 · AS-20 Nord · AS-30 Nord · AS-30L Nord · HOT-1 · HOT-2 TOW · HOT-3
ATGM  HOT · SS.11
SAM  Roland · VT1
Sweden 
AAM  RB24 · RB24J · RB71 · RB 74
AGM  Rb05A · RB 53 Bantam · RB 55B Heli TOW · RB 55C Heli TOW · RB 75
ATGM  Rbs 55 · Rbs 56
SAM  Rbs 70
Israel 
AAM  Shafrir · Shafrir 2
  AAM = Air-to-Air Missile   AGM = Air-to-Ground Missile   ATGM = Anti-Tank Guided Missile (Ground mounts)   SAM = Surface-to-Air Missile