An R530 exhibited at the South African Air Force Museum, Swartkop
|Type||short-range air-to-air missile|
|Place of origin||France|
|In service||1962 |
|Mass||192 kg |
|Length||3.28 m |
|Diameter||263 mm |
|Engine||two stage solid rocket, Hotchkiss-Brandt/SNPE Antoinette rocket |
83.3 kN for 2.7 s + 6.5 s cruise
|1.5 to 20 km |
|Speed||Mach 2.7 |
|Semi active radar homing and Infrared homing|
|Dassault Mirage F1|
Dassault Mirage III 
The Matra R.530 is a French medium to short range air-to-air missile. It was available in infrared homing and semi active radar homing as the main armament of the Mirage III which was able to carry a single missile in the centerline, the Mirage F1, which carried two (one of each type) under the wings, and the F-8 Crusader in French Navy service.
On 29 November 1966, an Israeli Air Force Dassault Mirage III shot down two Egyptian MiG-19s which were trying to intercept an Israeli reconnaissance Piper J-3 Cub in Israeli airspace. The first MiG was destroyed with a R.530 fired from less than a mile away, marking the first aerial kill for the French made missile. The second MiG-19 was dispatched with cannon fire.
Mirage IIIC de l'Escadron de Chasse 2/10 Seine in 1980 armed with Matra R.530
- South Africa
- "R.530 Missile". South African Air Force Association. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
- Misiles Aéreos Modernos (Editorial San Martín)
- "Matra R530". Speedy look. Archived from the original on 2008-06-06. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
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