A version of this article appears in the July 28 edition of Aviation Week & Space Technology. Falling unpowered on a target at long range, an air-to-air missile is running out of energy, which could allow the target to turn, run and escape. MBDA has an answer to this problem: a ramjet missile that is still under power as it closes in and and thus can chase down a fleeing fighter. A fighter launching an air-to-air missile at long range also has a problem. It must keep tracking the target ...
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