Vehicles equipped with this weapon
Tell us about the tactical and technical characteristics of the missile.
Describe the type of damage produced by this type of missile (high explosive, splash damage, etc)
Comparison with analogues
Give a comparative description of missiles that have firepower equal to this weapon.
Usage in battles
The R-60, being a short-range infrared homing missile, is usually most effective at ranges between 1,000 m - 2,200 m. The reason for this is due to the short burn time of the propellant and the first 1,000 m of the launch dedicated to bringing the missile to maximum velocity. The missile will typically burn out and likely not reach the target when launched at an enemy from >2,000 m, travelling in a straight line and moving above Mach 1.
The R-60 is best used when attacking the enemy from the side rather then from behind. When launched from behind, the enemy (if they have enough speed) can dodge the missile quite easily when moving with its trajectory then suddenly changing course. However, if launched from the side, the missile will usually hit thanks to its 18G maximum overload and can prove difficult to dodge when flying against its trajectory. While only being rear-aspect, the R-60 can sometimes be useful in a head-on engagement as a last resort (given the enemy has a large heat signature such as afterburners) if all ammo is expended. However, engaging in head-ons is not advisable with this missile due to the somewhat unreliable lock-on from of the missiles due to the front-aspect (depending on the aircraft you're engaging).
Pros and cons
- Great G overload
- Very effective fins
- Good tracking rate and seeker stats
- Short range compared to similar class missiles
Describe the history of the creation and combat usage of the weapon in more detail than in the introduction. If the historical reference turns out to be too long, take it to a separate article, taking a link to the article about the weapon and adding a block "/History" (example: https://wiki.warthunder.com/(Weapon-name)/History) and add a link to it here using the
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An excellent addition to the article would be a video guide, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.
Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:
- reference to the article about the variant of the weapon;
- references to approximate analogues by other nations and research trees.
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- encyclopedia page on the weapon;
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