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The R73, also known by its NATO codename AA11 Archer, is a short-range air-to-air missile developed by the Soviet Union in 1982, and employed from its inception to today. Making use of a complex infrared homing system and powered by a solid-fuel rocket booster, it was, at the time of its development, one of the most advanced short-range missiles in the world.
The AA11 Archer makes an appearance as a latent vehicle weapon in Battlefield 2, utilized by the Middle Eastern Coalition and People's Liberation Army as the secondary armament for their respective jets. With a damage of 100, an explosive force of 10, and an explosive radius of 4, it is the statistical equivalent of AIM9M Sidewinder which is utilized by the United States and its allies.