AMRAAM model identification

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Unread post26 Apr 2021, 02:14 ... p_JjtET6Vo

This story discusses how Vipers flew in the somewhat rare 5 x 1 or 6 x 0 configuration, with all AIM-120C-7s. I commented that the clipped fins showed they were either -Cs or -Ds but ID'ing them as C-7s was "debatable and not operational realistic". The vast majority of C's in the inventory are not C-7s so the chances this unit had enough to load all C-7s is small. I'm pretty sure the model is stenciled on the missile but are there obvious markings (the brown and yellow stripes?) that will identify a C-4 vs a C-7 or a -D ?


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Unread post26 Apr 2021, 06:48

In short - No!

The yellow and brown stripes are in the same place irrespective of AIM-120A/B/C/D. The only difference is the clipped wings of the C/D models. And the clipped wings came about to allow carrige internally in the F-22A.
When you read up on the various differences, it is no wonder as all the differences are on the inside of the missile body. There might be that the nose of the AIM-120B is a little more blunt than on the -C, but otherwise no difference as I see it.
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Unread post29 Apr 2021, 06:51

Yeah, the identifying feature amongst C variants is the marking on the missile body itself, i.e. "AIM-120C-5" or whatever it may be. Not much else for an enthusiast to use for identification that I'm aware of.
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Unread post30 Apr 2021, 21:47

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