In a scenario where a large multi-crewed aircraft was being attacked by a fighter that launched an air-to-air missile what would the call be that would alert the pilot that a missile was in the air and potentially tracking them. I know the term 'Rifle' but I always assumed that meant a friendly missile in the air, is there a specific call for an enemy missile?

Also is there a call for a SAM launch?

  • $\begingroup$ Any particular country? $\endgroup$
    – vasin1987
    Sep 15 '17 at 15:57
  • $\begingroup$ Ideally the USA $\endgroup$
    – Ian Blair
    Sep 15 '17 at 16:00
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    $\begingroup$ "Get me out of here" $\endgroup$
    – Ron Beyer
    Sep 15 '17 at 19:42
  • $\begingroup$ Have you read the Wiki? $\endgroup$
    – Gerry
    Sep 16 '17 at 2:09
  • $\begingroup$ I did but there didn't seem to be an air-to-air missile specific entry $\endgroup$
    – Ian Blair
    Sep 18 '17 at 15:55

From an older NATO book on brevity words that I have, a hostile guided missile is VAMPIRE.

A hostile surface to air missile is, indeed, SAM.

Edit. From the better list of brevity words

VAMPIRE  Hostile anti-ship missile

So VAMPIRE is not an air to air missile. My old list did not specify the type of the hostile missile.

  • $\begingroup$ As I recall, that was for surface to surface missiles. (But it's been three decades since I had all of those memorized, so don't take that as gospel). $\endgroup$ Sep 15 '17 at 22:15
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    $\begingroup$ Link to brevity codes $\endgroup$
    – Bageletas
    Sep 16 '17 at 2:28
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    $\begingroup$ A vampire is the term for an incoming anti-ship missile, not an air to air missile or ground attack missile. $\endgroup$
    – GdD
    Sep 16 '17 at 16:18

When you see an enemy missile or its smoketrail you call out SLAMEYE with your position and the direction to the missile.

For hostile cruise missile launch its QUAIL.

Hostile radar lock on you is called out as SPIKED. For example: SPIKED 4 o'clock

  • $\begingroup$ Could you provide sources for these? $\endgroup$
    – fooot
    May 1 '19 at 3:19
  • $\begingroup$ scribd.com/document/167065842/… $\endgroup$
    – Invariant
    May 1 '19 at 3:31
  • $\begingroup$ Your article is behind a paywall on a website selling documents it doesn't have resale rights for, aka piracy and intellectual property theft. $\endgroup$
    – jwenting
    May 1 '19 at 5:27

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