|Closeup of a REAL AIM-9 Sidewinder Missile - Very similar to MSWM version|
|AIM-9 Fired from an F-18C - a formidable weapon in real life|
CREDIT PURCHASED MISSILES:
AIM-54 Phoenix: Damage +50%, Tracking +30%, Cost 250 credits. Good to use if you value damage over tracking. In general, I really like this missile and the next one (RAAM), basically because you don't have to pay coins for them.
|Closeup of a real AIM-54 - Fairly different from MSWM version|
|AIM-54 being fired by F-14 Tomcat|
AIM-120 RAAM: Damage +30%, Tracking +50%, Cost 250 credits. This is my favorite "no cost" missile. It has less damage than the Phoenix but better tracking. I tend to value tracking above damage. If you don't hit your opponent, it doesn't really matter what the damage rating is. Better tracking ensures more successful missile intercepts both in long range shots and especially in close engagements where you only have a split second to shoot.
|A real AIM-120 RAAM undergoing inspection - quite different from MSWM version|
|AIM-120 RAAM Fired from an F-16|
COIN PURCHASED MISSILES:
MBDA Meteor: Damage +100%, Tracking +60%, Cost 5 coins: If I am going to buy missiles, I tend to be more a cheapskate and get the 5 coin missiles. The Meteor is a formidable choice. It is similar to the Phoenix as it values damage above tracking.
|A Real MBDA Meteor - looks a little different than the game version|
|MBDA Meteor being fired|
AIM-132 Lancer: Damage +60%, Tracking +100%, Cost 5 coins: This is my favorite "cost" missile. At 5 coins, you get 150 of them. They have the best tracking available and decent damage ratings. Your adversaries will have a hell of a time escaping these.
|A real AIM-132|
Vympel R-27: Damage +100%, Range +35%, Tracking +60%, Cost 10 coins. This missile doesn't seem to be used by many players. It has the same damage and tracking specs as the Meteor. You're paying the extra 5 coins to get the extended range. During long range engagements, that extra bit of range could give you the advantage, but doesn't seem to be a popular choice.
|A real Vympel R-27 - MSWM has it fairly accurate|
|Vympel R-27 being fired|
Bisnovat R-40: Damage +100%, Tracking +100%, Speed +50%, Cost 10 coins. I've been killed many times by these bastards. They are the best missiles out there. The great tracking along with the boost of speed make these very difficult to evade (not to mention the devastating damage). They are lethal both at long range due to their speed and tracking and also great for close range split second shots. I have been able to avoid these with agility class planes (Thresher) but it you are up against a weapons class plane that keeps hurling these things at you from long range, you will likely die. Best strategy against the Bisnovats is to evade the first barrage and try to get into a close combat "circling" type match where you will have a better chance. Unless, of course, you also have Bisnovats, then its just a slug fest.
|A Real Bisnovat R-40 - looks fairly similar to MSWM version.|
Sorry, couldn't find any picts of one firing