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RB 24J Sidewinder

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RB 24J Sidewinder

 

The RB 24 J Sidewinder is an airborne air-to-air missile of American origin. The missile received its name from the American venomous snake (Crotalus Cerastes) that uses a heat-seeking system for finding its prey.

 

RB 24 J corresponds nearest to the American version AIM-9 J, which was introduced in the Swedish Air Force in 1978. A number of improvements were implemented on this version compared to the missile RB 24 B. These consisted mainly of improvements to the tactical role. The missile could be carried on all versions of aircraft 37 and JAS 39 Griffon. The RB 24 J had an improved IR homing device, guiding the missile to sources of heat.

 

When the attacking aircraft reached a favorable position for an attack, the pilot activates the missile homing device and when it is locked on the target, the pilot gets a tone in his headset indicating that the missile can be launched.      

 

The missile was propelled by an improved powder rocket motor, which gave an extended endurance. The ballistic effect consisted of a warhead, which was initiated by a laser proximity fuse, designed and manufactured in Sweden. For direct hits the warhead could also be triggered by an impact fuze.

 

The warhead hexatonal charge scattered shrapnel in all directions

 

The RB 24 J is equipped with an infrared homing device, guiding the missile towards sources of heat. Good weather is required and the missile can in fact only register the hot gases from the rear section of a hostile aircraft. When the attacking aircraft has reached a favorable position for an attack, the pilot activates the missile homing device and when it is locked on the target, the pilot gets a tone in his headset indicating that the missile can be launched.

 

Air-to-Air missile 24/ 24 J/ 74

 

RB 24J på JA37

RB 24 J on aircraft 37 Thunderbolt

 

 

Missile types:

 

RB 24

 

RB 24J

 

RB 27

 

RB28

 

RB 71

 

RB 73

 

RB 74

 

RB 91

 

RB 98

 

RB 99