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Matra R.530
Matra R530 missile-001.jpg
An R530 exhibited at the South African Air Force Museum, Swartkop
Type short-range air-to-air missile
Service history
In service 1962 [1]
Production history
Manufacturer Matra
Specifications
Weight 192 kg [1]
Length 3.28 m [1]
Diameter 263 mm [1]

Engine two stage solid rocket,[1] Hotchkiss-Brandt/SNPE Antoinette rocket [2]
83.3 kN for 2.7 s + 6.5 s cruise[2]
Wingspan 1.1 m[2]
Operational
range
1.5 to 20 km [1]
Speed Mach 2.7 [1]
Guidance
system
Radar and IR [3]
Launch
platform
Dassault Mirage F1
Dassault Mirage III [1]
F-8 Crusader

The Matra R.530 is a French medium to short range air-to-air missile. It was available in IR (passive infrared) and SARH as the main armament of the Mirage III which was able to carry a single missile in the centerline, the Mirage F1, which carried 2 (1 of each type) under the wings, and the F-8 Crusader in the French Navy service.

Operators

 Argentina
 Australia
 Brazil
 Cameroon
 Colombia
 France
 Egypt
 Iraq
 Israel
 Jordan
 Lebanon
 Morocco
 Pakistan
 South Africa
 Spain
 Venezuela

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 "R.530 Missile". South African Air Force Accociation. http://www.saairforce.co.za/the-airforce/weapons/56/r-530-missile. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Misiles Aéreos Modernos (Editorial San Martín)
  3. "Matra R530". Speedy look. http://www.probertencyclopaedia.com/cgi-bin/res.pl?keyword=Matra+R530&offset=0. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 

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