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From: "Phil Allison"
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Subject: Re: HELP - My missile wont work!
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Date: Wed, 1 Jan 2003 11:44:26 +1100
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"Fred Bloggs" wrote in message
> > ** Small heat seeking missiles are only effective against low
> > 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
> > any escort fighters - if they want to act as decoys. They would also
> > to be very close to the airliner - dangerously close in order to fool
> > missile and draw it away.
> > The small missile is much faster than 250 knots - near supersonic
> > 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
> > 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
> > 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.
** I very much doubt that any high G maneuver is required if the
missile is launched at an airliner which has just passed overhead after take
>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-)
** This is a bit fancifull. How about one or two persons in a
parked vehicle a few km from a busy airport. The missile could be launched
out the back door of a white van.
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