High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Vympel R-23 (NATO
reporting name AA-7 Apex) is a medium-range air-to-air missile
developed by the Soviet Union for fighter aircraft. An updated
version with greater range, the R-24, replaced it in service. It is
comparable to the American AIM-7 Sparrow, both in terms of overall
performance as well as role.Design of a new missile to arm the
MiG-23 fighter started in the mid-1960s under the direction of V.A.
Pustyakov's design team. Known as the K-23 during its design, the
new weapon was intended for use against bomber-sized targets, with
"snap-up" capability to attack targets at higher altitude than the
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