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Questions tagged [missile-lock]

Lock-on is a feature of many radar systems that allows it to automatically follow a selected target. Lock-on was first designed for the AI Mk. IX radar in the UK, but first used extensively by US ground-based SCR-584 radar. The SCR-584 demonstrated the ability to easily track almost any airborne target, from aircraft to artillery shells.

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How does an AMRAAM communicate securely with the aircraft that launched it?

From Wikipedia: It also incorporates a datalink to guide the missile to a point where its active radar turns on and makes terminal intercept of the target. An inertial reference unit and micro-...
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How practical is laser designation against helicopters?

Laser designation is a fairly common method for guiding missiles and precision bombs, but how does it perform against aerial targets? Given the ranges and kinematics involved, this method could be ...
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Are there countermeasures for semi-active laser homing SAM?

I would imagine sensors that pick up the wavelength/PRF and a couple of emitters trying to flood the seeker. Or could chaff be sufficiently reflective?
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How do internally carried IR missiles acquire a lock?

On aircraft that carry their IR missiles on external stores, like the F/A-18, an IR-missile acquires a lock by having its seeker being directed to the target heat source by whatever means and the ...
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Could an AN/APG-79 AESA radar “lock-on” a single bird?

Could a fighter pilot in 2015 using an AN/APG-79 AESA radar "lock-on" a single bird? I know that modern radars like the AN/APG-79 in modern combat aircraft like the F/A-18F filter out false alarms ...
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Which one has a higher success rate between Infrared homing and Radar homing missiles, for air to air combat?

I know Infrared missiles don't work on long ranges, so I will keep my question limited to short ranges only, in which both missiles can work. In such short ranges, which guidance system has more ...
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Can the Apache detect infrared (IR) lock?

Can the Apache, regardless if it's the AH-64E/D (US) or AH1 Longbow (UK), detect IR lock? I am aware that the Wildcat AH1, Merlin HC3/4 and AH1 Longbow share the same defensive systems that can ...
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How do fighters detect laser locking?

I've been wondering this for a while. I understand how planes detect electromagnetic waves with it's radar but I don't get how they detect if missile has locked to the plane using laser. Only ways I ...
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Do different types of missiles indicate different lock tones to the pilot?

Are there different lock tones for different types of missiles, e.g. air-to-ground (AGM) or anti-ship (AShM)? If so, what information do the tones give the pilot? Are they a way for the pilot to know ...
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What is the heat signature of a piston engine, relative to a jet engine?

I'm reading about the AIM-9 Sidewinder Missile again. I noticed this interesting photo: Notice, that's a piston-engined aircraft, and a small one at that. So I'm asking myself, how did the missile ...
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How do aircraft differentiate between missile locks?

I have explored many similar questions such as: How does a Missile Lock Work? How is a missile lock detected? In reading there respective answers, I have learnt about the multitude of detection ...
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What is the ultraviolet signature, if any, of aircraft and jet engines?

The Wikipedia article on the FIM-92 B variant of the Stinger Missile says: In this version, the infrared seeker head was replaced by a combined IR/UV seeker that utilized rosette scanning. This ...
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How do combat jets know when to launch flares to counter IR missiles?

From my related question, it seems fighter jets do not usually track missiles by radar. Instead, they have a system that warns of radar lock. So what about infrared missiles (heat-seeking missiles)? ...
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Do fighter jets have forward-looking radar warnings for missiles, and when was this first implemented?

Let's imagine a swarm of fighter jets intercepting another swarm. Both groups are moving head-on towards each other. Once they get in range, they will probably lock on and fire missiles. Do fighter ...
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How does a Missile Lock Work?

When we say that a missile has been locked on a target (lets assume a fast moving target, and that the missile is mounted on a fast moving plane), we assume that once the missile has been locked onto ...
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How is a missile lock detected?

How can a fighter aircraft involved in a face-off detect a missile lock from a trailing aircraft so that it can make evasive maneuvers?