Questions tagged [missiles]

In modern military usage, a missile, or guided missile, is a self-propelled precision-guided munition system, as opposed to an unguided self-propelled munition, referred to as a rocket. All known existing missiles are designed to be propelled during powered flight by chemical reactions inside a rocket engine, jet engine, or other type of engine.

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Air to air Missile Guidance vs countermeasures [closed]

How do missiles successfully hit an air target despite the fact that nearly all Military aircraft are equipped with countermeasures. Heat Seeker/Infrared missiles : IR Flares as countermeasure Radar ...
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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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What is this B-52 carrying?

Source:(en.wikipedia.org)They look like fighter jets attached to both wings, but can't really tell what they are. What are these objects on the wings?
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Can Hellfire missiles be used effectively as air-to-air weapons? [closed]

Consider the following hypothetical scenario: An MQ-1 Predator pilot sees an Su-27 closing in from straight ahead for a kill. The pilot prepares to write up his 10th loss of the week when he has an ...
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In current missile, what is the guidance law used at terminal phase in homing missile guidance? [closed]

In current missile, what is the guidance law used at terminal phase in homing missile guidance? eg: Proportional navigation, Augumented PN, Optimal Guidance Law, etc At what distance the terminal ...
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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 can the concept of "intercept geometry" be explained in simple terms?

Can someone expand a bit for the layman with emphasis on Intercept geometry the following image depicting the envelope of a SA-2 missile against a moving Target.
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Could a SR-71 be shot down today?

I've read that the SR-71 had no missile defenses because it could simply outrun any adversary. Is this still true? Or is it unlikely that the SR-71 could operate unimpeded in the face of modern ...
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How are cruise missiles different from ballistic missiles?

Cruise missiles and ballistic missiles are used by many nations as offensive and defensive technology. How do cruise missiles and ballistic missiles maneuver, and what are the differences between the ...
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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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Do fighter jets experience a reaction or recoil force upon firing a missile?

When fighter jets fire a missile, do they observe any kind of reaction force due to firing the missile? If yes, how is this observed by the pilot? If no, why not?
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How can you stop your missile locking onto a friendly target?

In the modern day we have advanced planes, and advanced missile systems, however, how can you stop your missile firing at a friendly aircraft? In planes like the F22 Raptor you can turn on sight lock,...
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Can jet fighter missiles descend or ascend?

I am wondering that if missiles fired from jet fighters can ascend or descend? Are they going to aim only horizontally?
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Why do heavy bombers not carry air-to-air missiles?

Imagine a heavy bomber – such as the B52, Tu160 or B1 – is heading toward a hot zone carrying a large number of AMRAAM or longer ranged missiles. Why doesn't it also carry air-to-air ...
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How does the Guardian counter-MANPADS system work?

I came across this picture of a FedEx McDonnell Douglas DC-10 equipped with an anti-missile defense system. (wikimedia.org) According to the picture description: FedEx became the first U.S. ...
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How are anti-aircraft missiles tested?

How are anti-aircraft missiles and counter-measures tested? When they design an anti-aircraft missile, how do they test it so that it actually locks on to a target and destroys it? Do they simply fly ...
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Why don't airliners carry radar jamming technology or missile counter measures?

Why is it that commercial passenger aircraft that fly through dangerous areas don't carry some sort of electronic counter measure to defend themselves from missiles? Between terrorism and the various ...
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Can a civilian aircraft pilot see a missile coming?

Can a civilian aircraft pilot see a missile coming? By "civilian aircraft," I mean planes that were not equipped with flares that fire when rockets approach or any similar anti-missile systems. If ...

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