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AIM-120 And Method Of Firing  
User currently offlinemoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 4021 posts, RR: 4
Posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 8014 times:

The AIM-120 can be carried and fired in a fair few ways, ranging from rails, from a aircraft body station such as on the F-18, from attachment points on the F-15, direct from a pylon on the Sea Harrier (when carried under the body), or from internal bays on the F-22 and F-35.

The majority of these methods do not require rails - but do the other methods incur a performance penalty in not using rails?

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User currently offlineBigJKU From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 883 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 7994 times:

If they do it would be fairly minor. The biggest impact on performance is going to be launch altitude, speed and angle to target.

User currently offlinemoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 4021 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 7968 times:

Quoting BigJKU (Reply 1):
If they do it would be fairly minor. The biggest impact on performance is going to be launch altitude, speed and angle to target.

So why carry rails at all then? Just hang the missiles off the pylons and be done with it...

There has to be a reason!  


User currently offlinespudh From Ireland, joined Jul 2009, 301 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 7933 times:

I'd assume its down to the pylons being universal carriers requiring the rails as interface for the AIM-120. Most of the other methods such as conformal and internal are dedicated to the AIM-120 (or Sparrow before it)

User currently offlineConfuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3868 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 7231 times:

Don't forget the "FOX THREE" radio call for an active radar-guided missile launch.


Ain't I a stinker?
User currently offlinebikerthai From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 2155 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 7032 times:

Got any photos distinguishing rails and pylons?

To me they serve the same purpose.

bt



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User currently offlineBigJKU From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 883 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7024 times:

Rails are generally attached to pylons. A pylon can often carry two (or more) rails. Rails are essentially the adapters off of which you can fire AAM's. I don't know enough about the Sea Harrier to speak on it but I would guess that attached to each attachment point (pylon or body) was some sort of rail or ejector devices (AMRAAM can be launched either way).

User currently offlinemoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 4021 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6833 times:

Quoting bikerthai (Reply 5):

Got any photos distinguishing rails and pylons?

To me they serve the same purpose.


This shows a BAE Sea Harrier carrying four Aim-120s, two on pylons underneath the body of the aircraft, and two on rails on the wing stations.


http://www.airliners.net/photo/UK---...d=3f08be49f5ffb6983bd76d681fd34cce

This shows a BAE Sea Harrier carrying two Aim-120s on pylons and two AIm-9s on rails.

Hope that helps!


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