Talk:R-73 (missile)

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Should we add Russian development variants info? See here: -- Adeptitus 21:40, 30 June 2006 (UTC)

I think, yes. But I aint sure what does the E suffix mean here? Should it be read as "Russian: Э" (which I "translate" as "Ae", common suffix for export developments and sometimes used for "high energy" domestic versions)? --jno 08:05, 3 July 2006 (UTC)

No, according to Yefim Gordon, the E stands for energovo'oroozhonnaya, "high-powered." It has a longer-burn motor that raises the weight to 110 kg and increases brochure range from 30 km to 40 km. ArgentLA 23:33, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

I have a disagreement with the statement, "The R-73 is a highly maneuverable missile that in most respects is believed to be superior to the United States AIM-9M Sidewinder, a fact demonstrated by the reunified German Luftwaffe winning all dogfight engagements with their MiG-29/R-73 combine against the F-16/AIM-9M combination fielded by the USAF,". The problem is that the technical superiority of the R-73 was not determined by the dogfights, in which no missiles were launched (for obvious reasons). The technical advantages were determined from careful examination of the missile and test-firing the missile. Pmw2cc (talk) 22:06, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Half and half. The engineering stuff is no doubt deciphered from test fires and examination, but it is through exercises that the tactical consequences of (for example) the off-boresight seeker is verified under the complexity of real conditions (or as close to it as possible). When they started losing most of the fights, they decided to make new missiles. --Kazuaki Shimazaki (talk) 04:10, 21 January 2008 (UTC)
There's a lot of truth to what you said. The implications of the off-bore sight capability are made more obvious from simulated combat. I'll add that in. Pmw2cc (talk) 17:52, 21 January 2008 (UTC)
There are other aspects an exercise help to demonstrate. Without the stress of operating an aircraft etc. it can be hard to determine how good the onboard systems are and how significant an impact maneouvres and other counter-measures can have on simply a pilots confidence in attempting to fire. A missile could have high off boresight but poor guidance and the pilot might wait through lack of confidence. Or indeed it may have excellent guidance and the pilot may maneouvre in completely different ways. USAF doctrine into the 1990's was that bleeding off speed was suicide in a knife fight and perhaps thats still relevant but an Eastern bloc pilot might sacrifice speed for a firing solution if he's confident enough in his weapons and thinks the threat needs dealing with quickly. All these factors make tests on drones or in simulations of the missiles systems & performance equally relevant to pretend battles.--Senor Freebie (talk) 05:13, 31 March 2009 (UTC)

AIM-9X influence[edit]

The article is very restrained (and rightly so) when describing the impact R-73 from East Germany had on AIM-9X program. I'll try to look for citations to clarify the extent of copying/reverse engineering that occurred. (talk) 13:11, 7 December 2008 (UTC)

An interesting but possibly hard to reference possibility about reverse engineering and possibly stolen plans can be seen as paralleled with the development of the F-35 and the most recent yak. The engine arrangement was similar and called a few people to question exactly how similar. It turned out that when Russia was unable to keep funding a specialty branch of their aeronautics such as Yakolev a few of the engineers responsible for their newest prototypes engineers jumped ship to the USA to continue working where they loved ... on aircraft. I wonder if any missile engineers from the R-73 projects (which mind you must've been fairly large given the capacity they developed compared to the West) moved to US companies in time for the AIM-9X program. I don't know if there is anything 'significant' enough from an engineering perspective to justify this but still its possible.--Senor Freebie (talk) 11:59, 6 May 2009 (UTC)

Questionable bias[edit]

The statement that "all Russian-origin missiles of both sides proved to be highly unreliable" doesn't quite sit well with reality. The only figure they cite is a 1/24 ratio with the R-27 as decidedly worse then the R-60 and R-73. This, surprisingly is not a terrible figure for guided missiles, even in the modern day and age and competes with the figures the USAF and USN were achieving in Vietnam. It's also notable that while the R-27 was fielded as the primary missile for the Su-27 and Mig-29, both aircraft fare better in a comparison against their own missile then they would against any high off bore sight thrust vectoring IR guided missile. Basically, the phrase is biased and the evidence flawed.-- (talk) 15:42, 1 July 2010 (UTC)

Reality is that almost half of India's R77 did not work : Thats pretty bad in any criteria.

"off-boresight" Capability[edit]

" "off-boresight" capability: the seeker can "see" targets up to 60° off the missile's centerline" - this phrase is repeated twice in the article. At first IOC in 1980's, what was the off-boresight at that point in time? My gut-reaction is this was significantly greater than other missiles in existence at that point in time, but less than it's current version - improved since the original. I suspect the 60° off is the CURRENT unclassified capability ( not the original) . Wfoj2 (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 21:57, 19 January 2013 (UTC)

Operator Map[edit]

North Korea is listed as an operator, but isn't included in the map.MacroMyco (talk) 01:10, 27 September 2017 (UTC)

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Paragraph removal by the Australian Red Man[edit]

I am starting this chain here to discuss the removal of the following paragraph from the page. User Oranjelo100 has reverted my previous removal so I am bringing it up for discussion.

"The R-73 is a highly maneuverable missile and mock dogfights between USAF and German Air Force MiG-29s (inherited from the former Air Forces of the National People's Army) equipped with the R-73/helmet mounted cueing have indicated that the high degree of "off-boresight" capability of the R-73 would make a significant difference in combat. The missile also has a mechanically simple but effective system for thrust-vectoring. The R-73 prompted the development of a number of western air-to-air missiles including the IRIS-T, MICA IR, Python IV and the latest Sidewinder variant, the AIM-9X which entered squadron service in 2003.[1][2][3]"

None of the references attached talk about former East German missiles being used in mock dogfights. There is also nothing in the sources that describes the missile as having a "mechanically simple but effective system for thrust-vectoring." Admittedly, one of the sources mentions that IRIS-T, AIM-9X and ASRAAM are designed to out preform the R-73. I would like to hear other peoples thoughts on this matter, but I think that you need a stronger source in firmer language to support the statement that the R-73 promoted the development of these other weapons, rather than as part of the design of the other missiles, the R-73 was considered.

The Australian Red Man (talk) 08:00, 24 March 2018 (UTC)


F-16 Kill confirmation[edit]

The page seems to confirm that the R-73 was successfully used to kill a Pakistani airforce F-16. However this is still widely regarded as a claim and not a confirmed kill. Furthermore, there is no reference given to support the claim.

If the admin would still want to include the alleged kill in the page, at least indicate that it is a claim by the IAF as of writing until substantial evidence can be found — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:32, 25 June 2019 (UTC)