The AIM-9B is an American infrared homing air-to-air missile, it was introduced in Update 1.85 "Supersonic". The AIM-9B is the earliest and least capable member of the Sidewinder family of missiles found in the game. It was the basis for the later Sidewinder missiles, as well as many other missiles found in the game. The Rb24 is an AIM-9B built under license in Sweden, while the R-3S, R-13M and PL-2 are all decedents of the Vympel R-3 missile, which was a Soviet reverse-engineered version of the AIM-9B. The AIM-9B also served as the basis for the design of the Israeli Shafrir missile, although there are notable differences between the two.
Vehicles equipped with this weapon
|Vehicles equipped with this weapon|
|USA||F9F-8 · FJ-4B · FJ-4B VMF-232 · F-100D · F-4C Phantom II|
|Germany||Sea Hawk Mk.100 · CL-13B Mk.6|
|Japan||F-86F-40 ▅ · F-86F-40 JASDF▅ · T-2|
|Italy||▄F-86K · G.91 R/4 · G.91 YS|
|France||▄F-86K · ▄F-100D · Super Mystere B2|
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Comparison with analogues
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Usage in battles
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Pros and cons
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- Effective at killing low energy targets
- Decent effective range can travel far in a straight line to intercept
- very effective against heavy aircraft and bombers with cumbersome maneuverability for evasion
- effective against aircraft compressing at high speed
- Narrow firing circle compared to later missiles with uncaged seekers
- Poorest range of all AIM-9 variants
- Often loses track when the target maneuvers in more than one dimension or makes a sharp turn
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