|This page is about the French air-to-air missile Matra R530E. For the other version, see Matra R530.|
Vehicles equipped with this weapon
The Matra R530E is a powerful missile, fast, and able to track aircraft for several kilometres, allowing you to take down enemy aircraft while staying in relative safety. The Matra R530E missile can be difficult to adjust to after short-range missiles like the AIM-9B Sidewinder. It is designed to take down targets from longer range, even able to shoot down very hardy planes like the MiG-21SMT from more than 5 km away without too much difficulty.
|Lock range (rear-aspect)||5.5 km|
|Launch range||18 km|
|Maximum speed||2.7 M|
|Maximum overload||15 G|
|Missile guidance time||100 secs|
|Explosive mass (TNT eq.)||10.37 kg|
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Usage in battles
Unlike most IR guided missiles, the R530E excels at medium range engagements rather than shorter ranges. Due to the slow acceleration but high top speed of the missile, the ideal engagement range is somewhere between 2.5 and 4.5 kilometers, with a maximum range of roughly 7 kilometers at higher altitudes. The seeker has a very wide field of view and can lock on to afterburning targets from about 7 kilometers from a rear aspect, and 4 kilometers from a side aspect.
Pros and cons
- Long range, at higher altitudes it is possible to hit targets up to 7 kilometers away
- Hard to dodge when fired strategically
- Wide seeker angle, can be slaved onto the radar
- Slow acceleration makes the missile easy to dodge at shorter ranges
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