Air-launched, training guided
intercept-aerial guided missile
The basic designators are followed by a design
number; this may be followed by a modification
symbol of consecutive letters. A designation of
AGM-45C is identified as follows:
45Forty-fifth missile design
CThird revision of the forty-fifth design
Most guided missiles are given popular names,
such as Sparrow, Sidewinder, Harpoon, and HARM.
These names are kept regardless of later modifications
to the original missile.
The external surfaces of all Navy guided missiles
(except radomes and antenna items) are painted white.
The color white has no identification color-coding
significance when used on guided missiles. There are
missilesyellow, brown, and blue. These color codes
indicate the explosive hazard contained within the
Guided missiles are made up of a series of
subassemblies, related by function, form a major
section of the overall missile. These sections operate a
system such as guidance, control, armament (warhead
and fuzing), or propulsion. The major sections are
carefully connected to form the complete missile
assembly. The arrangement of major sections in the
missile assembly varies in missiles, depending on
Figure 8-9.Typical air-to-air guided missile.
Figure 8-10.Typical air-to-surface guided missile.