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I'm no authority but from a US perspective it seems to be a thing in the F-15 & F-16 days (post F-4. pre-widespread AMRAAM usage).  Whether it is effective in late model F-15, F-16 and everything newer is a good question and probably depends upon the actual radar in use and even its software version and configured parameters.  

Naturally 'notching' seems to be a thing with SAMs as well.

Answering your question directly, definitely something from Cold Wars days.  It should be a less and less an effective tactic as time progresses.

Here is a link to one of the better post-Cold War articles (which itself contains an obligatory Cold War data link) https://forum.keypublishing.com/forum/modern-military-aviation/117289-anti-bvr-tactics 

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Thanks Tony!


Sure looks like the Russians knew of this back then (well enough to teach the Iraqi pilots to do this).  Strange I never really heard about this tactic until just recently.  Makes you wonder how well the aerial battles would have worked out with the Soviets.

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