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This page is about the Swedish air-to-air RB24. For the other version, see RB24J.
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The RB24 (AIM-9B) missile (scale is approximate)

The RB24 is a Swedish infrared homing air-to-air missile. It was introduced in Update 1.95 "Northern Wind". The RB24 is a license built version of the AIM-9B Sidewinder missile and performs identically to it. The missile is effective at short ranges but lacks the general ability to manoeuvre well.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

Vehicles equipped with this weapon
Jet fighters  J29F · J32B · J34 · JA37C
SAAB 35  J35A · J35D · Saab J35XS
Strike aircraft  AJ37
SAAB 105  SAAB-105G · SAAB-105OE

General info

Missile characteristics
Mass 72 kg
Guidance IR
Aspect Rear-Aspect
Lock range in rear-aspect 4 km
Launch range 10 km
Maximum speed 1.7 M
Maximum overload 10 G
Missile guidance time 20 secs
Explosive mass 7.62 kg TNTeq

Effective damage

The RB24 is a Swedish version of the AIM-9B and can be expected to be played the same way. This missile is an excellent tool for intercepting bombers, or unsuspecting players. The missile has a good range but suffers from bad tracking and mobility, making it easy to avoid in regular situations. Despite the many downsides, the Swedish "Robot" missile comes quite handy in most matches, giving the player more options to fight back.

Comparison with analogues

The RB24 is the first missile unlockable in the Swedish tech-tree, just like the AIM-9B in the US tech-tree. Both missiles are very early designs and suffer from older problems. Both missiles are equal in every way and are used in the same situations. These missiles work best when chasing opponents flying straight since the seeker is quite small. Once launched, however, the missiles can guarantee a kill on certain planes. With a 10G overload, heavier targets won't stand a chance. And when used at a higher altitude, the missiles will eliminate almost anyone within reach.

The AIM-9E might perform the same as the RB24, but has a higher chance of a successful launch thanks to the improved seeker. This gives the AIM-9E the ability to lead the missile towards the opponent before launch. This helps the missile, which also suffers from bad manoeuvrability.

Usage in battles

To launch the missile in a favourable situation, altitude is recommended. Since planes equipped with the RB24 boast large amounts of force, they handle favourably at these altitudes. The higher altitude helps the missile follow opponents more easily since their manoeuvrability becomes worse at height. Higher altitude also gives the option to intercept jet bombers with limited mobility, which are much easier to kill.

Launching the missile should be done between 0.7 - 3 km of distance. This distance is large enough for the missile to accelerate and short enough for the missile to contain fuel throughout the entire trip. Locked targets should be alone, since several heat sources will confuse the missile and send it off course, losing sight of the target. Taking this into consideration, a heat-seeking missile such as the RB24 should never be fired behind teammates. This puts them at high risk of accidentally getting targeted, which could lead to friendly fire.

Pros and cons


  • Effective against larger opponents
  • Decent effective range
  • 10G maximum overload - Enough to eliminate most opponents at altitude


  • Easily avoidable
  • Bad tracker - Difficult to get a good lock-on
  • Tracks poorly - Missile gets easily confused when several heat sources are present


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See also

Related development
Similar-performing missiles

External links

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