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AA-8 Aphid

Country of Origin: Russia


The AA-8 Aphid is a highly maneuverable, short-range infrared (IR) homing "dogfighting" missile mounted on several types of Russian aircraft. Called the R-60 in Soviet (and later Russian) service, it was developed for the MiG-23.

The missile has a cylindrical body with a blunt nose. There are two sets of small foreplanes (one rectangular; the other  delta-shaped); one set of "cropped delta" mainplanes at the rear in an in-line cruciform layout.

It was an improvement on earlier IR...

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