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Offline Skyblazer

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MATRA missiles and projects
« on: March 20, 2013, 06:23:22 am »
From a 1960s magazine:

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Re: MATRA missiles and projects
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2019, 07:48:01 pm »
The Matra R530 Air-to-Air missile was fielded with interchangeable guidance heads - SARH and IR homing.   Does anybody know when the IR guidance system was developed and fielded?  Was it separate to the SARH guided version of the weapon?

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Re: MATRA missiles and projects
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2019, 09:18:09 pm »
It appears that the two seekers were developed and fielded on parallel, around 1962-3.  There were a couple of different versions of the radar seeker for compatibility with various aircraft, including the Crusader.

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Re: MATRA missiles and projects
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2019, 04:11:59 am »
The third photo, supposed to show a R042, is actually a R422A. Its booster has 3 motors and not four as indicated.

The last picture (Matra rocket) shows a R042. Note that its booster has four motors.

Note also the difference in diameter of the missiles: 60 cm for the R042 and 40 cm for the R422.

Note also that the R042's liquid engine was not ready, this experimental missile was powered by solid motors fixed all around.



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Re: MATRA missiles and projects
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2019, 03:23:44 pm »
It appears that the two seekers were developed and fielded on parallel, around 1962-3.  There were a couple of different versions of the radar seeker for compatibility with various aircraft, including the Crusader.

Thanks.  That is what I suspected.