The AIM-7 Sparrow (this is the one used in the Air Force; its Navy counterpart is the RIM-7 Sea Sparrow) is an air-to-air missile widely used by both American and NATO forces, and for good reason: its sophisticated RADAR-guidance systems give it exceptional maneuverability, even at close ranges.

Let's look at some numbers. Measuring 12 feet long with a wingspan of 3 feet 4 inches, the AIM-7 has a range of over 34 statute miles. This bad boy weighs in at around 500 pounds, 90 of which compose the annular blast fragmentation warhead. The missile is capable of cruising at over 2660 miles per hour, and its thrust is (ooh!) classified. The AIM-7 is carried by the F-14 and the F/A-18 (for the Navy), the F-4, F-15, and the F-16 (for the Air Force), and the F-4 and the F/A-18 (for the Marine Corps). The AIM-7 Sparrow was first launched in 1976, and it can be yours for the low, low price of just USD 165,400.00.

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