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Janes aircraft recognition guide has a picture of this plane on the Lear 35 page. Does it have missiles on it or is this some special modification?

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A quick Google indicates that the aircraft is owned by L3 Communications. My guess is it's a sensor of some sort. I look forward to learning what it actually is. –  Steve V. Apr 1 at 0:23
    
Further photos on airliners.net/search/photo.search?regsearch=N83FN have more comments, one of which say "30 year old Lear loaded with ACM pods to simulate fighter/missile attacks on surface ships". –  Greg Hewgill Apr 1 at 0:29

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No, it's not a missile, it's a towed target:

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Towed targets are used for electronic warfare and gunnery training. The can serve as a radar target of visual target during military exercises.

The 'missile' is on a long cord and can be reeled from the aircraft. The pod that you see here is a MTR-101 reeling system with the capability to drag the target up to 30,000 ft behind the aircraft.

If you are interested in flying these kind of missions, it seems L3 is looking for a new First Officer for their Learjets.

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+1 for the picture. :-) –  Ilmari Karonen Apr 1 at 17:31
    
+1 for the job link ... ;) –  kmonsoor Apr 2 at 4:12

Apparently yes. Googling for the tail number turns up more pictures, as well as comments saying this particular plane is "used to simulate missile attacks".

Here is the owning company, a defense contractor that among other things provides simulated air attacks for training exercises.

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uh, no. The word SIMULATED says it all. They're not missiles. –  jwenting Apr 2 at 7:29

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