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Characteristics of the Poseidon: Length: 34 feet Diameter: 74 inches Weight: 65,000 pounds Range: 2,500 nautical miles AIRBORNE WEAPONS In  today’s  high-performance  aircraft,  the  trend  is toward versatility by means of rockets; bombs; missiles; and, in some aircraft, guns. The Navy’s Research and Development   team   is   constantly   seeking   ways   to improve   existing   airborne   weapons   while   working simultaneously  on  new  weapons.  This  section  briefly describes some of the existing airborne weapons. AIR-TO-AIR MISSILES The  Navy  uses  four  air-to-air  missiles.  These missiles     include     the     Sparrow,     Sidewinder, Phoenix, and AMRAAM. Sparrow Although   earlier   described   as   a   surface-to-air missile, the Sparrow missile is also used as an air-to- air  missile.  In  this  role,  it  provides  Navy  fighter aircraft with air superiority in a hostile environment. Sidewinder The Sidewinder air-to-air missile (fig. 20-6) is a short-range,  dogfight  missile  used  by  all  Navy fighters    and    attack    aircraft    against    hostile aircraft. The   Sidewinder   is   one   of   the   oldest,   least expensive,  and  most  successful  missiles   in   the entire  U.S.  weapons  inventory.  The  prototype  of this  heat-seeking  missile  was  fired  more  than  30 years  ago;  since  then  various  versions  of  it  have been  produced  for   more   than   27   nations.   The latest    version    has    a    significantly    improved infrared countermeasure capability. Characteristics of the Sidewinder: Length: 9 feet, 5 inches Diameter:    5 inches Wing span:  2 feet, 1 inch Weight: 195 pounds Speed: More than 1,900 miles per hour Range: More than 3.5 nautical miles Phoenix The   Phoenix   missile   (fig.   20-7)   is   an   all- weather  air-to-air  missile  designed  to  destroy 134.56 Figure 20-7.—Two AIM-54A Phoenix missiles mounted on the undercarriage of an F-14A Tomcat aircraft. 20-9

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