posted on May, 8 2015 @ 11:00 PM
originally posted by: _Del_
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: MystikMushroom
Not very. In the early days of the Sidewinder they'd lock onto the sun.
Don't forget trains, boats, and the occasional semi. Be careful out there...
During the Vietnam war a navy pilot fired one at a north vietnamese patrol boat.
and it went right down the stack.
There was a modified version during the Vietnam war that would home in on truck headlights that was used on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. But there were
only 150 of these hand made at NOTS China Lake. they had a modified seeker head and a HEI frag warhead.
There was a story that one of these went after a NVA with a flash light leading a bunch of NVA troops walking down the trail.
The navy has done test on the AIM-9X for air to ground targets like tanks and high speed boats like the Iranians like to use.
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