Matra R550 Magic 1
Vehicles equipped with this weapon
The R.550 Magic is the most capable missile currently at War Thunder, with boasting 30 G overload and resistance to G overload when launching, make it the most deadly missile at top tier when use correctly. It is to be noted that the Magic is a very light missile, with only two seconds of boost time. The missiles comes equipped with large and numerous control surfaces, ensuring high manoeuvrability throughout the flight time. The price of these big control surfaces is a high drag, with the weapon decelerating quickly after end of boost time, limiting the missile range.
The weapon enable time is 0.5 second, meaning the missile will accelerate straight for half a second before starting manoeuvres.
- R-60 - A soviet short range IR missile with excellent overload performance but poor booster capability
Usage in battles
The Magic is mounted on the Mirage series of aircraft, being extremely well integrated, and slavable to the aircraft's radar. Meaning that if the Mirage's Cyrano radar is locked on an enemy aircraft, enabling the missile seeker will immediately activate the missile seeker's gimbals, and the seeker will orientate itself in the direction of the locked target. Allowing a certain capability of "off-boresight" shooting of the missile. This fact is important in close range engagements and dogfight.
Overall, the Matra 550 Magic missile is to be used as a close encounter platform. Firing the weapon on an enemy at a distance of more than 2 km yields poor results, especially if the target is fleeing at high speed. Under 1.5 km mark, the hit is nearly assured. Note that the use of flares is an effective countermeasure against the Magic, but the missile onboard computers are pretty resistant to flares seductions. Concerning off-boresight shoots, sending away the weapon over 1-1.2 km is not advised, because the trajectory correction needed for an off-boresight shoot is higher that a standard shoot.
Pros and cons
- Great turning capability
- Can be slaved onto the radar
- High resistance against flare decoys
- Can launch in any G condition
- Poor low speed turning capability, easy to dodge if launched close to target
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