The U-Darter (Upgraded Darter) is a short/medium range air-to-air missile, developed from the V3C Darter for use by the Cheetah. Changes include increased weight, warhead, speeds, a digital autopilot and an improved guidance seeker within the same dimensions of the Darter. The guidance unit consists of a dual-band cooled indium-antimonide IR seeker. Manoeuvrability is greater than 50g features three acquisition modes; cage, autoscan and helmet/radar designation.
Service entry was during 1997. The U-Darter was retired, together with the Cheetah, in April 2008.
Guidance: Infra-red with laser fuze