NATO Designation AA-11 "Archer"
|Entered service in||?||1982||?|
|Range against closing target||< 30 km||30 km||40 km|
|Range against receding target||< 15 km||15 km||?|
|Weight||115 kg||105 kg||110 kg|
|Weight of warhead||7.4 kg||8 kg||?|
|Type of warhead||expanding rod|
|Fin span||0.51 m|
|Carried by||Ka-50, Ka-52, MiG-29, MiG-31, Su-25, Su-27, Su-30, Su-33, Su-34, Su-35, Su-37, Su-39, Yak-141|
The R-73 short-range air-to-air
missile was developed by "Molniya" (recently the special design
bureau Nr.4) design bureau. It's team at the beginning of the 1970s
developed the R-60 missile and the R-73 was intended to replace it. It is
known as the AA-11 "Archer" with NATO countries.
Missile features a wide angle infrared seeker and extreme maneuverability. The R-73 is completed with a vectored trust system to make very tight turns. It's minimum range of fire is 0.3 km and missile is intended as a dogfight weapon in close air combats. Furthermore the R-73 is considered to be the most dangerous weapon system in close visual combat.
There were developed later variants of the R-73 missile:
- The R-73E missile features
All these missiles have the same AA-11 "Archer" NATO designation.