This missile, with its unusual fin configuration, was capable of outflying any other air-to-air missile of its day with the sole exception of the Phoenix. Its Butalane composite propellant rapidly accelerates this missile to an incredible Mach 4.5, and sustains this speed for four seconds until burnout. At this speed the long low-aspect wings are not necessary, as maneuvering is performed by the rather strangely shaped tail surfaces. It is the heavyweight of the Matra line, weighing approximately 529 pounds at launch. Matra is now working to replace the Super 530D with the similar, but much slimmer, Matra MICA.
|Guidance||EMD Super AD26 semi-active radar homing|
|Warhead||66.1 lb ( 31 kg ) HE fragmentation with radar proximity fuze
( active radar fuze for D model)
|Propulsion time||8 seconds|
|Launch Weight||275 kg|
|Tailspan||2 ft, 1.2 in ( 0.64 m ) forward fins
2 ft 11.4 in ( 0.88 m ) aft fins