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Originally posted by RedMatt
AMRAAM is limited by the energy stored in it's solid-rocket motor. A target with sufficient head start can out-distance the missile, or get far enough away that the missile won't have enough energy left to manoeuvre and hit.
Proposal: Switch to ramjet power. It's more expensive but will considerably improve range and speed, particularly at the extremes where a comparable solid-rocket motors tend to fall short
Originally posted by Aim64C
Some good ideas.
A Scram jet could potentially yield far greater ranges (although I have no idea from how far away you're trying to hit your victim.... Intercontinental just doesn't seem fair ).
Many of the issues currently existing with weaponry are easily solved on an engineering front - but on a monetary front - lose dramatically. The amount of processing power needed in a missile to allow for a comparison of radar and IR signatures to ID an aircraft as friend or foe is not cheap. Add into it that people are not naturally trusting of the deductive reasoning capabilities of a silicon wafer..... and you have a no-deal.
The only one I see as impractical is the multi-role missile. This is due to the nature of the two different warheads. Intercept missiles are designed with fragmentary warheads designed to spew shrapnel out in a specific pattern in order to maximize the lethality and likelyhood of a hit. They detonate based on given data about the distance, movement, and velocity of the target - trying to aim their shrapnel into the path of the aircraft.
Although this would be like a claymore mine strapped to a rocket for infantry - it wouldn't be much of a menace to even a lightly armored vehicle (except for requiring the crew to change their pants).