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INTERCEPT PROCEDURES TEXTBOOK
A. Guidance and Control
At medium to short ranges, the fighter is not required to illuminate the target with a radar
lock because the AMRAAM can guide via a Track While Scan system similar to the AIM-54.
These advanced tracking techniques allow any fighter carrying the AMRAAM to have multi-
target capability without a multi-target radar system.
B. Fuse
Like all previously mentioned missiles, the AIM-120 also has a safe and arm mechanism that
delays arming of the missile for the safety of the firing aircraft. The AMRAAM also uses a laser
scanning device to verify external shape, and thus confirm aircraft type, in its fusing mechanism.
C. Warhead
The AIM-120 employs a 50 pound annular blast fragmentation (ABF) warhead that explodes
into thousands of tiny fragments. Although one third smaller than the warhead of the AIM-7M,
the AMRAAM utilizes higher density gases to propel fragments more explosively than the
Sparrow.
D. Rocket Motor
The AMRAAM has a high-impulse motor giving rapid acceleration to a Mach number higher
than 4.0 above aircraft airspeed.
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