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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
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]
1.5 to 20 km [1]
Speed Mach 2.7 [1]
Radar and IR [3]
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[edit | edit source]

 South Africa

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References[edit | edit source]

  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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