R-60

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R-60
R-60.png
Information
Infrared Homing MissileType
USSR USSR flag.pngCountry of Origin
General Characteristics
NoAll-aspect
800 m/sMaximum Speed
18 GMaximum Overload
7.2 kNMotor Thrust
3.0 SecondsMotor Burn time
21 SecondsMax flight time
6,000 mMax flight distance
~3,500 mRecommended max range
IR Seeker
5,000 mMax lock range in rear-aspect
6 secondsPower up time
15 SecondsMax acquisition time
Seeker FoV
YesUncaged seeker
YesCan be slaved to radar
12°Seeker gimbal limit pre-launch
35°Seeker gimbal limit
30°/sTracking rate
Warhead
3.5 kgExplosive mass
TNTExplosive type
3 mProximity fuse range
Specifications
44 kgMissile mass
2,100 mmLength
120 mmDiameter
FinsSteering system
Production History
Vympel Designer
Full ProductionProduction Status
1973 - ???Produced

Description

The R-60 is a Soviet infrared homing air-to-air missile, it was introduced in Update 1.85 "Supersonic".

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

General info

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Effective damage

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Comparison with analogues

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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 your engaging).

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Great G overload
  • Very effective fins
  • Good tracking rate and seeker stats

Cons:

  • Short range compared to similar class missiles

History

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See also

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