Several of the guided missiles now in use by the
Navy are discussed briefly in the following paragraphs.
The AIM-7F Sparrow III guided missile (fig. 8-11)
is a medium-range, all weather, supersonic, air-to-air
missile. It is designed to be rail or ejection launched
from an interceptor aircraft. The tactical mission of the
missile is to intercept and destroy enemy aircraft in all
weather environments. It is launched from the F-14
Tomcat and F/A-18 Hornet aircraft. Excluding the
radome, the missile body is made of four sectional
tubular shells that house the four major functional
components. The four major functional components are
the target seeker, flight control, warhead, and rocket
motor. The missile is 12 feet (142 inches) long, 8 inches
in diameter, and weighs 510 pounds.
The AGM-84A-1 Harpoon surface-attack guided
missile (fig. 8-12) is an all-weather, air-launch, antiship
attack weapon. It is launched from the P-3 Orion and
S-3 Viking aircraft. The missile consists of the guidance
section, warhead section, sustainer section, and
boat-tail section. It also contains wings and control fins.
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Figure 8-11.AIM-7F Sparrow III guided missile.
Figure 8-12.AGM-84A-1 Harpoon guided missile.