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AIM-120C AMRAAM Capability

Unread postPosted: 03 Jun 2019, 16:17
by airomerix
Dear all,

I have a few questions to those of you who keep knowledge.

1) Once an F-16A MLU launches an AIM-120C-5 AMRAAM towards a target lets say 80 km away. Can the pilot guide the missile or home it manually till lets say the missile enters pole E towards the target?

2) In a combat situation, what are the procedures to deduce that the kill has been made? Does ACMI comes in handy?
if studied after flight.


Looking forward to your responses.

Kind regards

Re: AIM-120C AMRAAM Capability

Unread postPosted: 03 Jun 2019, 19:32
by vilters
Good luck to get the thing to 80km.

Re: AIM-120C AMRAAM Capability

Unread postPosted: 04 Jun 2019, 09:00
by weasel1962
airomerix wrote:2) In a combat situation, what are the procedures to deduce that the kill has been made? Does ACMI comes in handy?


ACMI is for training. Used to be Mk-II eyeballs. Then gun cameras. Today there are mission data recorders for kill verification.

Re: AIM-120C AMRAAM Capability

Unread postPosted: 04 Jun 2019, 11:14
by airomerix
weasel1962 wrote:
airomerix wrote:2) In a combat situation, what are the procedures to deduce that the kill has been made? Does ACMI comes in handy?


ACMI is for training. Used to be Mk-II eyeballs. Then gun cameras. Today there are mission data recorders for kill verification.


Thank you!

Where can I find more information on these mission data recorders?

Also what would you comment on Q1?

Re: AIM-120C AMRAAM Capability

Unread postPosted: 04 Jun 2019, 15:07
by sprstdlyscottsmn
The PILOT cannot guide the missile, the F-16 radar can provide mid course updates however provided lock/TWS is still maintained.

Re: AIM-120C AMRAAM Capability

Unread postPosted: 06 Jun 2019, 07:33
by saberrider
I believe this type of missile is fire and forget type.It has own RADAR for target acquisition on final part of time until the impact . Don't know if could be slaved if pilot's want to designated alternative target after shooting at one

Re: AIM-120C AMRAAM Capability

Unread postPosted: 07 Jun 2019, 21:34
by invictus
airomerix wrote:
weasel1962 wrote:
airomerix wrote:2) In a combat situation, what are the procedures to deduce that the kill has been made? Does ACMI comes in handy?


ACMI is for training. Used to be Mk-II eyeballs. Then gun cameras. Today there are mission data recorders for kill verification.


Thank you!

Where can I find more information on these mission data recorders?

Also what would you comment on Q1?


The missile needs midcourse guidance and only becomes active in the terminal phase of it's flight