Vehicles equipped with this weapon
The Firestreak is a large missile, with a massive 22.7 kg warhead. The Firestreak is a very early air-to-air missile design; It was Britain's first operational heat seeking missile. It has slightly better manoeuvrability than other early heat seeking missiles, and a much larger warhead, and is otherwise comparable in terms of speed and range.
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 likely to suffer critical damage due to the large explosive mass.
Comparison with analogues
The Firestreak has a warhead of 22.7 kilograms explosive mass, more than four times the payload of the AIM-9B, which only contains 4.5 kilograms of explosives. It is also slightly more manoeuvrable than the AIM-9B with a 13 G max overload compared to the AIM-9B's 10 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
- Has the second largest warhead of any air to air missile
- The IR seeker has a fairly wide field of view when slaved to the Javelin or Lightning's radar
- Highly receptive proximity fuse
- 13G overload
- Slightly lower velocity than other missiles
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