R-13M

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Description

The R-13M missile (scale is approximate)


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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General info

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Effective damage

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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

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • Ineffective in close-combat situations
  • Lacks radar-slaving
  • Easily distracted by flares

History

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See also

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