posted on Mar, 6 2022 @ 10:13 PM
a reply to: yuppa
well with supersonic and sea skimming missiles of any kind they nose would be lit up like times square in IR
the heat generated from pushing all the thick sea air out of the war would have to heat up parts of the missiles enough for a lock on.
than again i don't know the thresholds for what is and isn't a lock on as far as the system inside the stinger goes.
also US ships usually travel in groups so one boat might see it coming head on when another can get a read side shot but than again it might lock onto
something on the boat and for obvious reasons that's no good.
i have seen them as well i think they are going that slow because they are in their terminal phase, usually they are already on the way down to the
target, you would have such a small window but there would still be a window.
i have had the occasion to look at a EO system on an aircraft and their IR sensors are very very high resolution i asked if a real visible image was
laid onto of the IR and they said no.
one time with a group of forward observers we were kitted out with some very fancy optics, i don't know if they are still classified as far as their
resolution and what spectrums they picked up but the bombs always hit right on the dot.
and that was years and years ago so i imagine they have only gotten better and better.
what we were using looked like a big spotting scope with a germanium lens and some normal glass ones and a few other ones that were not visual
spectrum stuff and a laser/encoder
we could lase target well across a valley and see like we were right up in the area night or day, i remember being able to have IR and optical on at
the same time to help make a better ID on certain objects.
i don't think it is a coincidence a lot of newer missiles are going to UV instead of IR as well as millimeter wave seekers.