R550 Magic

The R550 Magic is a short-range air to air missile (AAM) designed in 1968 by French company Matra to compete with the American AIM-9 Sidewinder. Mass-produced from 1976, the Magic was adopted by the French Air Force and the Navy. The Magic is still carried by the Super Etendard, the Mirage 2000 and the Dassault Rafale. It is gradually being replaced by the MBDA MICA.

R550 Magic
Class Missile
Type Air to Air
Manufacturer Matra
Production Period 1968 - 1976
Origin France
Country Name Origin Year
France 1976
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Argentina View
Australia View
Ecuador View
Egypt View
France View
Greece View
India View
Iraq View
Jordan View
Kuwait View
Libya View
Morocco View
Oman (Muscat) View
Pakistan View
Peru View
Qatar View
Romania View
Saudi Arabia View
South Africa View
Spain View
United Arab Emirates View
Venezuela View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Matra 1968 1976 View
General Information
Developed by France
Deployed by Abu Dhabi, Argentina, Australia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Greece, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Morocoo, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, UAE, Venezuela
Platform Mirage III, Mirage F1, Mirage 2000, F-8 Crusader, Jagur, A-4 Skyhawk. Sea Harrier (for India), Super Etendard, Hawk, AlphaJet, MiG-23 (for Czech Rep.), MiG-21 (for Romania), F-16, Rafale, Tornado, AMX, F/A-18 Hornet
Number manufactured 9,850(all types, as of May 1991), 10,600(orders, as of June 1995)
Contractor Matra BAe Dynamics

Dimensions and Performance
Length 2.9m
Body Diameter 15.7cm
Wing/Fin span 66.8cm
Launch Weight 89.8kg
Range 0.5-20km
Speed Mach 3.0
Altitude up to 18,000m

Propulsion Solid propellant
Engine Romeo Butalene motor (Magic 1), SNPE Richard motor (Magic 2)
Warhead 12.5kg HE conventional rod
Guidance IR seeker

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