|This page is about the semi-active radar homing missile R-27ER. For other versions, see R-27R and R-27T.|
Vehicles equipped with this weapon
|Lock range||25 km|
|Launch range||100 km|
|Maximum speed||5.8 M|
|Maximum overload||35 G|
|Missile guidance time||60 secs|
|Explosive mass||24 kg TNTeq|
The high-explosive mass usually destroys any aircraft if hit directly. It is hard to dodge as well, since it is very fast, thus the target has very little time to react.
Comparison with analogues
The R-27ER is considered to be the single best SARH missile in the game. It is incredibly fast especially at higher altitudes and maneuvers really well. The closest SARH equivalent to this missile are AIM-7F/M Sparrows, and this missile outclasses them in pretty much every way. Its practical range is almost comparable to the AIM-54 Phoenix while being much harder to evade.
Thanks to it being much faster than its counterparts, it is possible to win a missile joust against an enemy AIM-7/Super-530 type of missiles even when fired later than them.
Usage in battles
Since the missile is a long-range BVR weapon, it is best used in a range of 20-50 km. Before firing the missile off, the player should also climb to a higher altitude than the target and exceed Mach 1, as this will provide the missile more speed when being fired.
It is also recommended to take high probability of kill (pk) shots with this missile since all aircraft currently capable of carrying the R-27ER can only carry two missiles at a time.
Pros and cons
- Incredibly fast
- Ability to relock a target after firing and losing lock while maneuvering accordingly when the lock is lost
- Very maneuverable
- Large explosive mass
- Very long range especially when fired up at high altitudes
- Requires carrier aircraft to guide it in all the way to impact, giving stable lock tone to the target
- The radars its attached to aren't exactly the best in terms of pure power
- May have a hard time tracking at close ranges since its too fast
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