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Matra R.530
Matra R530 missile-001.jpg
An R530 exhibited at the South African Air Force Museum, Swartkop
Typeshort-range air-to-air missile
Place of originFrance
Service history
In service1962 [1]
Production history
Mass192 kg [1]
Length3.28 m [1]
Diameter263 mm [1]

Enginetwo stage solid rocket,[1] Hotchkiss-Brandt/SNPE Antoinette rocket [2]
83.3 kN for 2.7 s + 6.5 s cruise[2]
Wingspan1.1 m[2]
1.5 to 20 km [1]
SpeedMach 2.7 [1]
Semi active radar homing and Infrared homing[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 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.

Operational history[edit]

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.[4]


Former operators[edit]

 South Africa

See also[edit]

Related Development:

Similar weapons


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "R.530 Missile". South African Air Force Association. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  2. ^ a b c Misiles Aéreos Modernos (Editorial San Martín)
  3. ^ "Matra R530". Speedy look. Archived from the original on 2008-06-06. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  4. ^ https://www.jta.org/1966/11/30/archive/israeli-pilot-shoots-down-two-egyptian-soviet-made-mig-jets

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