The R-13M is a Soviet infrared homing air-to-air missile, it was introduced in Update 1.87 "Locked On". It was removed from its only user, the MiG-19PT, in Update 1.95 "Northern Wind", but was re-introduced in Update "New Power" with the MiG-21bis. It was later removed again in Update "Red Skies".
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Comparison with analogues
As in real life, the R-13M is broadly comparable to the AIM-9D and AIM-9G Sidewinders, with only slightly lower G-tolerance and maximum range. Players who exclusively used the R-60 on the MiG-21SMT will be disappointed with the R-13M's lacklustre capabilities in short-range combat.
Usage in battles
The R-13M should not be used against tightly-manoeuvring targets. Instead, use them against fleeing enemies from 2-3 km away. This makes use of the R-13M's greater maximum range over the R-60; if the enemy turns, they may come into R-60 range. If they don't, the missile will likely catch them.
Pros and cons
- Higher maximum G-load than the R-3S and R-3R
- Longer maximum range than the R-60
- High rocket motor thrust means the missile reaches its top speed quickly
- Effective warhead
- Uncaged seeker allows target leading
- Ineffective in close-combat situations
- Lacks radar-slaving
- Easily distracted by flares
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