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Request for any information on the AIM-9B FGW.2 (AIM-9F)


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This isn't quite about the Typhoon but I thought given Gero Finke was a Luftwaffe F-4F Phantom pilot before being a Typhoon pilot he, anyone he knows, or anyone else in this forum might be able to help me with this. I thought if anyone can put the pieces together people on this forum could.


I don't know if I've just been looking in the wrong places but its almost impossible to find reliable information on the European produced AIM-9B FGW.2 (AIM-9F) despite nearly 15,000 being produced. I understand F-4Fs using these missiles might possibly be a bit before Gero's time since they changed to AIM-9Ls in the early 1980s but anything will help.


What I require is a list of the changes if possible made to the missile aside from just the already known things such as a new seeker dome, CO2 cooling ect. I also would like a detailed comparison of how this missile compares to others. Mainly the AIM-9B, AIM-9E and AIM-9J in US Service as I've found conflicting info varying between saying it was like an AIM-9B with better IRCM against natural false IR such as the Sun or ground heat to the missile being somewhere between an AIM-9E and AIM-9J in performance and PK and any available data on its max G rating, seeker IRCM, tracking rate ect. Sources are preferred if at all possible but not required. 

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The AIM-9F (also known as AIM-9B FGW.2) was a European development of the AIM-9B, of which 15000 were built by Bodensee Gerätetechnik (BGT) in Germany. It featured a now CO2-cooled seeker, some solid-state electronics, and a new longer nose dome. This version entered service in 1969, and most European AIM-9Bs were converted to AIM-9F standard.




Performance AIM-9F


  • Length: 2.93 m (115.35 in)
  • Finspan: 0.56 m (22 in)
  • Diameter: 12.7 cm (5 in)
  • Weight: 70 kg (155 lb)
  • Speed: Mach 1.7
  • Propulsion: Thiokol MK 17 solid-fuel rocket
    • Thrust: 3820lbs (1732kg) for 2.2 seconds
  • Guidance duration: 20 seconds
  • Warhead: 11kg (25lbs) Mark 8 Blast Fragmentation with 4.76kg (10,5lbs) HBX-1 (7,62 kg TNT)
    • Prox Fuze triggering distance: 9m (30ft)
  • Seeker:
    • FOV: 4°
    • Gimbal limit: 30° (Mark 1 Mod 1-14)
    • Tracking rate: 16°/s
    • Cooling: CO2
  • Maneuvering capability: up to 10g at Sea Level
    • Maneuvering surface: Delta canard
    • Servo torque: 750 in-lbs (84,74 Nm)
    • Max Launch load limit: 2g
  • Rear Aspect only

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