Each component of the missile, besides being color
coded, is identifiable by lettering stenciled on the
exterior surface of the component. The lettering on a
component gives information such as the Mark and
Mod, type and weight of explosive filler, loading
activity symbol and date of loading, temperature range
restrictions, and unit serial number.
All missiles used in naval aviation are assigned
missile serial numbers. These numbers are shipped
with the missile's logbook. The missile serial number is
normally the serial number of the leading component of
the missile, such as the guidance and/or control
components. The serial number is important because it
is the number used to track the missile from assembly at
a weapons station until it is fired or discontinued from
For further information concerning identification
of guided missiles, refer to NAVSEA SW010-
AF-ORD-010/NAVAIR 11-1-117, Identification of
Ammunition (latest revision).
REVIEW NUMBER 1
The speed of a guided missile is given in terms
of Mach numbers. If a guided missile is
traveling at Mach 1, how fast is it going?
A missile traveling at Mach 3 is traveling at
List the two types of guided missiles.
What two types of guided missiles are used in
The first letter of a missile designation
describes the missile's ________.
Define the missile designation ATM.
Where would you find the serial number in an
What do the color codes identify on guided
Guided missiles are made up of a series of
subassemblies (figs. 3-1 and 3-2). The various
subassemblies form a major section of the overall
missile to operate a missile system, such as guidance,
propulsion. The major sections are carefully joined and
connected to each other. They form the complete
missile assembly. The arrangement of major sections in
the missile assembly varies, depending on the missile
The guidance section is the brain of the missile. It
directs its maneuvers and causes the maneuvers to be
executed by the control section. The armament section
carries the explosive charge of the missile, and the
fuzing and firing system by which the charge is
exploded. The propulsion section provides the force
that propels the missile.
Guidance and Control Section
The complete missile guidance system includes the
electronic sensing systems that initiate the guidance
orders and the control system that carries them out. The
elements for missile guidance and missile control can
be housed in the same section of the missile, or they can
be in separate sections.
Figure 3-1.Typical air-to-air guided missile.