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I have heard that modern war planes utilize missiles which are directed to the heat of the enemy aircraft's engines.

Can a missile, shot by a fighter helicopter or jet, target the heat of the engines of the aircraft which fired it?

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    $\begingroup$ Not really since you have a missile lock before firing. $\endgroup$ – Ron Beyer Feb 2 '17 at 14:18
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    $\begingroup$ You mean, an accidental 'loop around', or something compared to radar targeting, where the reflection of the IR signature from the engines is reflected off the target? $\endgroup$ – Sanchises Feb 2 '17 at 14:18
  • $\begingroup$ Are you asking if a missle-launching aircraft can accidently shoot itself? $\endgroup$ – Dan Pichelman Feb 2 '17 at 15:16
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    $\begingroup$ @RonBeyer But what happens if a friendly aircraft happens to cross the missile "lock-path" when it's already in the air and chasing a target? Infrared missiles IMHO don't have IFF. $\endgroup$ – jklingler Feb 2 '17 at 15:55
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    $\begingroup$ @RonBeyer - Not really since you have a missile lock before firing - Not always. See: LOAL (lock-on after launch) $\endgroup$ – Hephaestus Aetnaean Feb 3 '17 at 6:54

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