AA-2 Atoll

The story of the AIM-9 Sidewinder that Failed to Detonate, Got Embedded in a MiG-17 and was Reverse-Engineered into the Soviet AA-2 Atoll

The story of the AIM-9 Sidewinder that Failed to Detonate, Got Embedded in a MiG-17 and was Reverse-Engineered into the Soviet AA-2 Atoll

The MiG-17 made a safe landing, the Sidewinder was extracted and the Communists promptly rushed it to the USSR, where… Read More

11 months ago

Jack in the Box! How an AIM-9 Sidewinder that failed to explode after embedding itself inside a Chinese MiG-17 was reverse-engineered into the Soviet AA-2 Atoll

One of two Sidewinders that failed to bring down its target had actually also scored a hit: however, it failed… Read More

4 years ago

How an AIM-9 Sidewinder that Failed to Detonate and Got Embedded in a MiG-17 was Reverse-Engineered into the Soviet AA-2 Atoll

Because the AA-2 was the primary weapon of the MiG-21, ‘Atoll’ became the first air-to-air missile in service with dozens… Read More

4 years ago

Between the MiG-21PF and the MiG-21PFM: the Story of the MiG-21PFS, the Weird Fishbed Variant

Between Jun. 12 and 30 1967, the USSR delivered exactly 65 such MiG-21PFS aircraft to Egypt as replacements for losses… Read More

5 years ago

The Myth of Soviet Arms and Tactics in the Middle East, Part Six: Why Soviet Air-To-Air Weapons Supplied to Arab Air Forces were Useless Junk

If US experiences from deploying early AIM-9B/Es/Js, and AIM-7E/E2 Sparrows over North Vietnam were ‘negative’, those of not only the… Read More

5 years ago

That time a Cuban-flown Angolan MiG-23 “accidentally” fired two missiles at a BAe 125 business jet carrying the president of Botswana

For unknown reasons, the Angolan MiG-23 fired a missile, which blew the starboard engine clean off the BAe 125. A… Read More

6 years ago