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From: Fred Bloggs
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Subject: Re: HELP - My missile wont work!
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Date: Tue, 31 Dec 2002 15:22:58 GMT
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Phil Allison wrote:
> "Fred Bloggs" wrote in message
>>John Woodgate wrote:
>>>I read in sci.electronics.design that Fred Bloggs
>>>wrote (in <3E0F0F07.email@example.com>) about 'HELP - My missile wont
>>>work!', on Sun, 29 Dec 2002:
>>>>the airliner received fighter escort on the return flight to Israel.
>>>These fighters were in the nature of sacrificial electrodes? In that
>>>they had exhausts hot enough to attract any further missiles that might
>>I am sure the Israelis know what they are doing. Their "top guns" are
>>some of the best in the world. I would not consider it improbable that
>>they have practiced decoying a missile with a state-of-the-art fighter
>>and then losing it- maybe by pointing it into the sun.
> ** Small heat seeking missiles are only effective against low flying
> aircraft - so an airliner just after take off is a possible target.
> That airliner will be at low speed ( circa 250 knots) and so therfore will
> any escort fighters - if they want to act as decoys. They would also have
> to be very close to the airliner - dangerously close in order to fool the
> missile and draw it away.
> The small missile is much faster than 250 knots - near supersonic I
> believe - so the fighter would be unable to outrun it or evade it under
> those circumstances.
> High altitude surface to air missiles are typically radar guided from
> the ground to their targets using heat seeking only during the last
> moments - if at all. An airliner is a big radar target while a fighter is
> not so a radar system can discriminate them.
> I suspect any escort fighters provided are mostly of psychological
> benefit the the passengers on board the airliner.
At very close range like that, the missile is essentially ballistic
since it is most likely incapable of the high-g maneuver that would be
required to correct for aiming error. The fighters would not be able to
react in that time frame- they could sweep the immediate ground area
prior to takeoff and clear it of any suspicious intruders- and/or make
them very nervous about a quick annihilation once spotted- this will
make their aim worse-)
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