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Section three, Missile Combat (BR 10.3/12.0 ) –
The meta at top-tier war thunder is undeniably rocket combat. This, contrary to popular opinion, actually requires you to have a mind to use them effectively.
Here is a picture of the missile reticle.
There are three types missiles available in the game IR.
IR (rear aspect) Infrared Missile, these only work from the back, such as AIM-9/D//G/J/P R-60, Matra Magic 1, etc.
(Refer to “Most efficient” and “Somewhat efficient” sections on how these missiles can be used.
IR (all aspect) may be locked on from any angle. These include the R-60M, AIM-9L and Matra Magic 2. Also, the R-23/24/27T. Below are the best ways to use these missiles.
(Most effective) rear aspect: Missiles such as AIM-9L and Magic 2 are nearly impossible for flares from the rear. (varies depending on flare caliber).
Best to be fired between 1.5-2 km (4900-6500ft). This is best against players who are too busy trying kill your teammates
(Somewhat effective) Side Aspect will kill if your target has too many other players shooting at them but
Your presence will make them more aware of you.
Best fired from 2.5 to 3km (8200-9800ft) why so far?. You might be asking, but since some missiles on this list pull 18-20G’s instead of 30 G or 35G, they will need to travel slowly and pull toward their enemy to ensure you catch them.
(Least effective) Front aspect: Since you are literally facing your enemy directly, there is little chance that they won’t notice you. Flaring can easily counter your missile and you don’t even have to move out of their way.
For maximum effect, the missile should be fired at a distance of 1 to 1.5 km (3200-4900 ft) to ensure that your enemy has enough time to react to it and flare it.
S.A.R.H Semi Active Radar Homing missile. This missile uses radar waves and locks onto a target. It guides itself toward the target.
This missile is best used in head-ons or in B.V.R engagements.
It is recommended that missiles that track off of the rail be fired at between 7-3km (23000-9800 ft) in head ons.
If you are using missiles that don’t track off the rail, then fire them off at around 8-5km (26200-16400ft).
It is recommended that BVR engagements be fired at 10-8 kms (332800-25200 feet).
If you’re using SARHs that have a long burning time, you can manage 12-16 km (39400-522500 ft) if your target is not in the top notch.
Depending on the strength of your radar and the accuracy with which you lock the target, you’ll see a second circle surrounding your locking circle when you fire your SARH Missile.
A.R.H is an Active Radar Homing Missile. This missile is the only one in the game that falls within this category. AIM-54A phoenix, which is found on the F-14, can continue flying towards the target despite the radar lock being broken by the F-14. Best used in volley’s against 2 aircraft favorably shot just a few seconds apart. If the first misses, it’s more difficult to avoid/doge the 2nd one. (The missile can only track the targets if it’s fired or maintained a radar locked of at least 16 km (16500 feet).
Side note, The missiles are more effective at higher elevations due to less drag. Also, their range is greater. But be careful when trying to kill high-up players, as climbing straight up to lock them might result in you being picked up by the enemy team.
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