R-33 (missile)

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R-33
AA-9 Amos
[R-33 on MiG-31 at Zhukovski, 1999]
R-33 on MiG-31 at Zhukovski, 1999
Type Heavy air-to-air missile
Specifications
Weight 490 kg (1,080 lb)
Length 4.14 m (13 ft 7 in)
Diameter 380 mm (15 in)
Warhead 47.5 kg (105 lb)

Wingspan 1.12 m (3 ft 8 in)
Operational
range
120 (1981), 160 (1999),[1] km[2]
Speed Mach 4.5[2]
Guidance
system
inertial and semi-active radar homing

The R-33 (Russian: Вымпел Р-33, NATO reporting name: AA-9 Amos) is a long-range air-to-air missile developed by the Vympel. It is the primary armament of the MiG-31 interceptor, intended to attack large high-speed targets such as the SR-71 Blackbird, the B-1 Lancer bomber, and the B-52 Stratofortress.

Generally similar to the U.S. Navy's retired AIM-54 Phoenix, it uses a combination of semi-active radar homing for initial acquisition and mid-course updates, and inertial navigation to reach the target at extreme range. The Zaslon phased array radar of MiG-31 allows four missiles to be guided simultaneously at separate targets.

The R-33 AAM remains in service with the CIS and Russian forces (See MiG-31 operators).

Variants[edit]

R-33
Standard type.
R-33E
Export version.
R-33S
Improved version.
R-37
Developed version.

References[edit]

Citations
Bibliography
  • Gordon, Yefim (2004). Soviet/Russian Aircraft Weapons Since World War Two. Hinckley, England: Midland Publishing. ISBN 1-85780-188-1. 

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