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Missile Firestreak Fired.jpg
Infrared Homing MissileType
Britain Britain flag.pngCountry of Origin
General Characteristics
800 m/sMaximum Speed
5 GMaximum Overload
20 SecondsMax flight time
8,000 mMax flight distance
Recommended max range
IR Seeker
4,000 mMax lock range in rear-aspect
5 secondsPower up time
20 SecondsMax acquisition time
Seeker FoV
NoUncaged seeker
22.7 kgExplosive mass
TNTExplosive type
10 mProximity fuse range
136 kgMissile mass
3,180 mmLength
223 mmDiameter
FinsSteering system
Production History
de Havilland PropellersDesigner
Full ProductionProduction Status
1955 - 1988Produced


The Firestreak is a British Infrared homing air-to-air missile, it was introduced in Update 1.85 "Supersonic", along with the Javelin F.(A.W.) Mk.9 (the only aircraft currently equiped with it).

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

General info

The Firestreak is a large missile, with a massive 22.7 kg warhead. The Firestreak is a very early air-to-air missile design; indeed it was Britain's first operation heat seeking missile. It has slightly worse manoeuvrability than other early heat seeking missiles, but a much larger warhead, and is otherwise comparable in terms of speed and range.

Effective damage

The Firestreak has a massive 22.7 kg warhead, the highest of any air-to-air missile in the game, making it capable of outright destroying any target it gets a direct hit on. The warhead has a larger proximity fuse setting than other heat seeking missiles (10 m as opposed to the more standard 5 m), this helps slightly offset the missiles poor manoeuvrability as any aircraft caught in the proximity fuse range is likey to suffer critical damage due to the large explosive mass.

Comparison with analogues

Firestreaks have a warhead of 22.7 kilograms, being more than four times as explosive than the AIM-9B, which only contains 4.5 kilograms of explosives. However it is slightly less manoeuvrable than the AIM-9B with a 5 G max overload compared to the AIM-9B's 6 G.

Usage in battles

This missile is not agile. Do not use them on targets that are manoeuvrable as they will easily evade it. Instead, use them on bombers or aircraft which have no energy left to manoeuvre as it will be more difficult for them to evade the missile.

As this missile seeks infrared radiation (IR), be aware of locking onto other sources of heat which can throw the missile off course such as other teammates, flares and of course, the sun.

Pros and cons


  • Largest warhead of any air to air missile
  • The IR seeker has a fairly wide field of view when slaved to the Javelin's radar


  • At 5G it has the lowest overload of any missile in the game and is easily avoidable


Examine the history of the creation and combat usage of this weapon. If the historical reference turns out to be too big, take it to a separate article, taking a link to an article about the vehicle and adding a block "/ History" (example: and add a link to it here using the main template. Be sure to reference text and sources by using <ref>, as well as adding them at the end of the article.


An excellent addition to the article would be a video guide, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.

See also

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 cannon/machine gun;
  • references to approximate analogues by other nations and research trees.

External links

AAM  AIM-7C Sparrow · AIM-7D Sparrow · AIM-7E Sparrow
  AIM-9B Sidewinder · AIM-9D Sidewinder · AIM-9E Sidewinder · AIM-9G Sidewinder · AIM-9J Sidewinder · AIM-9L Sidewinder · AIM-9P Sidewinder
  AIM-92 Stinger
AGM  AGM-12B Bullpup · AGM-12C Bullpup · AGM-22 · AGM-65A · AGM-65B · AGM-114B Hellfire · AGM-114K Hellfire II · BGM-71D TOW-2
AAM  AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder
AGM  HOT-1 · HOT-2 TOW · HOT-3 · PARS 3 LR
SAM  Roland
AAM  9M39 Igla · R-3R · R-3S · R-13M · R-23R · R-23T · R-60 · R-60M
AGM  9K127 Vikhr · 9M17M Falanga · 9M17P Falanga-PV · 9M120 Ataka · 9M120M Ataka
  Kh-23M · Kh-25 · Kh-29L · Kh-66
ATGM  3M7 · 9M14 · 9M113 Konkurs · 9M114 Shturm · 9M123 · 9M133
SAM  9M311 · 9M311-1M
AAM  Fireflash · Firestreak · Red Top · SRAAM
ATGM  BAe Swingfire · MILAN · MILAN 2 · ZT3
SAM  Starstreak
ATGM  Type 64 MAT · Type 79
SAM  Type 91
AAM  PL-2 · PL-5B
ATGM  HJ-73 · HJ-73E
SAM  HN-6 ·
SAM  Mistral SATCP
AAM  AA-20 Nord · Matra R530 · Matra R530E · Matra R550 Magic 1 · Mistral · Shafrir
AGM  9M14-2 Malyutka-2 · AS-20 Nord · AS-30 Nord · HOT-1 · HOT-2 TOW · HOT-3
SAM  Roland · VT1
AAM  RB24 · RB24J
AGM  Rb05A
ATGM  Rbs 55 · Rbs 56
SAM  Rbs 70
  AAM = Air-to-Air Missile   AGM = Air-to-Ground Missile   ATGM = Anti-Tank Guided Missile (Ground mounts)   SAM = Surface-to-Air Missile