R-33 on MiG-31 at Zhukovski, 1999
|Type||Heavy air-to-air missile|
|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)|
|120(1981)160(1999)304(1994 used 2012)km (R-33),|
|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.
- Standard type.
- Export version.
- Improved version.
- Developed version.