Firestreak

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Firestreak
Missile Firestreak Fired.jpg
Information
Infrared Homing MissileType
Britain Britain flag.pngCountry of Origin
General Characteristics
NoAll-aspect
800 m/sMaximum Speed
5 GMaximum Overload
2.6 SecondsMotor Burn time
20 SecondsMax flight time
8,000 mMax flight distance
Recommended max range
IR Seeker
4,000 mMax lock range in rear-aspect
5 secondsPower up time
20 SecondsMax acquisition time
Seeker FoV
NoUncaged seeker
Warhead
22.7 kgExplosive mass
TNTExplosive type
10 mProximity fuse range
Specifications
136 kgMissile mass
3,180 mmLength
223 mmDiameter
FinsSteering system
Production History
de Havilland PropellersDesigner
Full ProductionProduction Status
1955 - 1988Produced

Description

The Firestreak is a British Infrared homing air-to-air missile, it was introduced in Update 1.85 "Supersonic", along with the Javelin F.(A.W.) Mk.9 (the only aircraft currently equiped with it).

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

General info

The Firestreak is a large missile, with a massive 22.7 kg warhead. The Firestreak is a very early air-to-air missile design; indeed it was Britain's first operation heat seeking missile. It has slightly worse manoeuvrability than other early heat seeking missiles, but a much larger warhead, and is otherwise comparable in terms of speed and range.

Effective damage

The Firestreak has a massive 22.7 kg warhead, the highest of any air-to-air missile in the game, making it capable of outright destroying any target it gets a direct hit on. The warhead has a larger proximity fuse setting than other heat seeking missiles (10 m as opposed to the more standard 5 m), this helps slightly offset the missiles poor manoeuvrability as any aircraft caught in the proximity fuse range is likey to suffer critical damage due to the large explosive mass.

Comparison with analogues

Firestreaks have a warhead of 22.7 kilograms, being more than four times as explosive than the AIM-9B, which only contains 4.5 kilograms of explosives. However it is slightly less manoeuvrable than the AIM-9B with a 5 G max overload compared to the AIM-9B's 6 G.

Usage in battles

This missile is not agile. Do not use them on targets that are manoeuvrable as they will easily evade it. Instead, use them on bombers or aircraft which have no energy left to manoeuvre as it will be more difficult for them to evade the missile.

As this missile seeks infrared radiation (IR), be aware of locking onto other sources of heat which can throw the missile off course such as other teammates, flares and of course, the sun.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Largest warhead of any air to air missile
  • The IR seeker has a fairly wide field of view when slaved to the Javelin's radar

Cons:

  • At 5G it has the lowest overload of any missile in the game and is easily avoidable

History

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Media

An excellent addition to the article would be a video guide, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.

See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the article about the variant of the cannon/machine gun;
  • references to approximate analogues by other nations and research trees.

External links


Missiles
USA 
AAM  AIM-9B · AIM-9E · AIM-9L · AIM-92 Stinger
AGM  AGM-12B Bullpup · AGM-22 · AGM-114B Hellfire · BGM-71 TOW · BGM-71 TOW-2
ATGM  BGM-71B TOW · BGM-71C I-TOW
SAM  MIM146
Germany 
AGM  HOT-1 · HOT-2
ATGM  HOT-K3S · PARS 3 LR
  Foreign:
ATGM  BGM-71B TOW (USA) · BGM-71C I-TOW (USA)
USSR 
AAM  R-3S · R-13M · R-60 · R-60M
AGM  9M14-2 Malyutka · 9M17M Falanga · 9М17P Falanga-PV · 9M114 Shturm · 9M120 Ataka
ATGM  3M7 · 9M113 Konkurs · 9M14
SAM  9M311
Britain 
AAM  Firestreak · SRAAM
ATGM  BAe Swingfire
Japan 
ATGM  Type 64 MAT · Type 79
Italy 
ATGM  MILAN · MILAN 2
  Foreign:
ATGM  BGM-71B TOW (USA) · BGM-71C I-TOW (USA)
AAM  AA-20 (France)
AGM  AS-20 (France)
France 
AAM  AA-20 · Firestreak · Mistral · Shafrir
AGM  AS-20 · SS.11
ATGM  HOT · HOT-3
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