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2017-11-20

AA Missiles

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 AAC™ Air-to-Air Missiles

Aircraft Weapons Background Notes

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 AIM-9 Sidewinder


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The AIM-9 Sidewinder Missile Family
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Introduction

Developped from 1950 after a US Navy initiative, the AAM-N-7 Sidewinder I (AIM-9A) entered limited production in 1955, with the AAM-N-7 Sidewinder Ia (AIM-9B) soon following to become the first real operational version of this missile, of which about 80,000 examples were produced till 1962.
 
Its intrinsinc simplicity allowed a retrofit to various aircrafts which were not initially equipped to handle anything but unguided weapons (eg: the Navy Hawker Sea Hawk).
 
The AIM-9B gave birth to four different branches, with only the first next generation being of interest here as even these sub-variants are already cheated in from the "future".

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The Sidewinder in AAC

Without entering into unnecessary details, the IR seeker of the AIM9B wasn't cooled, while it was on the D, E, an F variants.  In effect, the AIM9B could be wired up to any aircraft and likewise it will be in AAC (thus including propeller driven aircrafts).
 
With the D/F variants needing a specific launcher containing the coolant and the "E" needing proper wiring for the in-built Peltier cooling device, these will be reserved for "advanced" aircrafts.

      Seeker Range Weight WH Length Span

AIM9B

 

IR

5 km 155 lbs 11 lbs 9.28" 1.83"
 

 Rb24

IR

5 km 155 lbs 11 lbs 9.28" 1.83"
 

 AIM9F

IR

5 km 155 lbs 11 lbs 9.40" 1.83"

AIM9C

 

SARH

18 km 155 lbs 11 lbs 9.28" 2.06"

AIM9D

 

IR

18 km 195 lbs 25 lbs 9.84" 2.06"

AIM9E

 

IR

18 km 165 lbs 11 lbs 9.40" 1.83"
AIM-9B
As hinted above, the simpler AIM9B, and its Soviet equivalent (see below) will be considered as an "universal" missile, widely available to many aircrafts.  Colors : the AIM-9B will appear in white
  
AIM-9C
This is a different missile.   Historically, the F-8E Crusader was the only aircraft armed with this weapon.   Within AAC however it shall be made available to several other aircrafts equipped with a "proper" radar.  Colors : the AIM-9C will appear in pale blue
Special Note
In AAC, the AIM-9C is also used on board the fantasy RIM-72C Sea Chapparal shiborne SAM system
  
AIM-9D
This "advanced" (longer range) variant will be restricted to (late) USN aircrafts.  Colors : the AIM-9E will appear in white
Special Note
In AAC, the AIM-9D is also used on board the MIM-72D Chapparal mobile SAM system
  
AIM-9E
This "advanced" (longer range) variant will be restricted to (late) USAF aircrafts - To some extent, the E and D variants are siblings, but purists would rightfully object to see a Sidewinder "E" USN aircraft or a "D" on a USAF one.  Colors : the AIM-9E will appear in white
  
AIM-9F
In a simplistic manner, the AIM9F was a licenced production AIM9B with external cooling system (similar to the D), and solid state technology.  But since it only appears in 1969, this last of the early Sidewinders is thus out of AAC
  
Rb24
Among the Sidewinders produced under licence was the Saab Rb24 which, in its initial format, was a copy of the AIM9B.   If referred to in AAC, it would be as a synonym of the AIM-9B.
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Data Summary

Sidewinder AIM-9B AIM-9C AIM-9D AIM-9E AIM-9F
Note 1956USN/USAF 1965USN 1965USN 1965USAF  
Licenced 1961Rb24       1969NATO
Production 80,000 1,000 1,000 1,000 15,000
Basic Performances Data      
Engine Thiokol Mk17 Thiokol Mk17 Hercules Mk36 Thiokol Mk17 Thiokol Mk17
Speed AS+1,000 kt AS+1,500 kt AS+1,500 kt AS+1,500 kt AS+1,000 kt
Ranges 1 km 5 km 1 km 18 km 1 km 18 km 1 km 18 km 1 km 5 km
Seeker and Launcher Details      
Detector IR SARH IR IR IR
Cooling Uncooled Uncooled Nitrogen Peltier CO˛
Electronics Vacuum Vacuum Vacuum Hyrid Solid state
Launcher Aero.III Aero.III LAU-7A Aero.III LAU-7A
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Air-to-Air Missiles in Atlantic Air Combat

Source : http://www.x-plane.org/home/urf/aviation/text/missiles/aam.html
    AAC:ID AAC:Name Guide Field Range Range Speed Weight Length Diam Span WH Notes
              <km >km Mach kg cm cm cm kg  
1961 R-511 R511C   SARH   1.9 10.0 1.8 180 310 26 100 25.0  
















1963 R-530 R530B   IR ±40° 1.2 18.0 2.7 195 328 26 110 27.0  
1963 R-530 R530C   SARH   1.2 18.0 2.7 195 328 26 100 27.0  
















1959 AA-1 AA1A Alkali BR   1.9 5.2 2.5 84 250 20 195 13.0  
















1960 AA-2 AA2B Atoll IR ±25° 1.2 7.6 2.5 75 283 13 53 7.0  copy of AIM-9B
1966 AA-2 AA2C Atoll-C SARH   1.0 7.0 2.5 84 342 13 53 7.0  copy of AIM-9C
1966 AA-2 AA2D Atoll-D IR ±40° 0.6 15.0 2.5 90 288 13 59 7.0  copy of AIM-9D
















1960 AA-3 AA3B Anab IR ±40° 1.9 18.0 2.+ 227 400 28 130 40.0  
1960 AA-3 AA3C Anab SARH   1.9 18.0 2.+ 292 427 28 130 40.0  
















1960 AA-5A AA5B Ash IR ±40° 4.0 20.0 1.6 550 550 32 150 53.0  
1963 AA-5B AA5C Ash SARH   4.0 20.0 1.6 550 550 32 150 53.0  
















1957   FSTK Firestreak IR ±25° 1.2 8.0 3°0 136 319 22 75 23.0  
















1964   RTOP Red.Top IR ±25° 1.2 11.0 3.+ 150 327 23 91 31.0 1st all-aspect IR missile
















1956 AIM-4A AIM4A Falcon SARH     8.0 2.5 54 198 16 51 1.2 anti-bomber
1956 AIM-4B AIM4B Falcon IR     9.0 3.0 43 198 16 51 1.2 anti-bomber
1961 AIM-4C AIM4C Falcon IR ±25° 1.0 9.0 3.0 54 198 16 51 1.2 anti-bomber
1962 Rb28 AIM4C Falcon IR ±25° 1.0 9.0 3.0 54 198 16 51 1.2 AIM4C Licenced
1963 AIM-4D AIM4D Falcon IR     9.0 3.0 54 198 16 51 1.2 anti-fighter
1958 AIM-4E AIM4E Falcon SARH     11.0   68 218 16 61 2.3  
1959 AIM-4F AIM4F Falcon SARH   1.0 11.0 4.0 68 218 17 61 2.3  
1960 AIM-4G AIM4G Falcon IR ±40° 1.0 11.0 4.0 68 206 17 61 2.3  
  AIM-4H AIM4H                       Dogfight  not built
1958 AIM-26A AIM26A Falcon SARH     16.0 2.0 90 213 28 61   0.25kt W54
1959 AIM-26B AIM26B Falcon SARH   1.0 16.0 2.0 90 213 28 61 9.0 conventional
1962 Rb27 AIM26B Falcon SARH   1.0 16.0 2.0 90 213 28 61 9.0 AIM26B Licenced
















  AIM-47A AIM47A   SAR.IR     160.0 6.0 363 320 33 84   1.50kt W42, YF-12
  AIM-47B AIM47B                     25.0 Conventional
















1956 AIM-7A AIM7A Sparrow.I BR       2.0           35kN motor, 1.8sec
1958 AIM-7B AIM7B Sparrow.II AR       2.0           for CF105 Arrow
1959 AIM-7C AIM7C Sparrow.III SARH       4.0           track target 16000.yds
1963 AIM-7D AIM7D Sparrow         4.0            
1963 AIM-7E AIM7E Sparrow SARH   1.0 25.0 4.0 205 366 20 102 30.0 motor burn 2.8sec
1975 AIM-7F AIM7F Sparrow SARH     40.0 4.0 227 366 20 102 39.0 Mach 2.5 in 2.7sec
















1955 AIM-9A AIM9A Sidewinder IR     3.0 +1.7 70 282 13 56    
1956 AIM-9B AIM9B Sidewinder IR ±25° 1.2 5.0 +1.7 70 282 13 56 5.0  
1962 Rb24 AIM9B Sidewinder IR ±25° 1.2 5.0 +1.7 70 282 13 56 5.0 AIM9B Licenced
1969 AIM-9F AIM9F Sidewinder IR     5.0   70 282 13 56   AIM9B, cooled
1965 AIM-9C AIM9C Sidewinder SARH   1.0 18.0 +2.5 84 287 13 64 11.0  
1965 AIM-9D AIM9D Sidewinder IR ±40° 1.0 18.0 +2.5 88 287 13 64 11.0 USN
1967 AIM-9E AIM9E Sidewinder IR ±40° 1.0 5.0 +2.5 74 300 13 56 5.0 USAF
















  AIR-2A AIR2A Genie ///     9.0   372 274 43 61   nuclear warhead
                               

 

 

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