The United States Navy's newest jet fighter, the F-14 Tomcat, has made military aviation history by shooting down four separate remote-controlled target aircraft with one salvo from a new missile weapons system.
GV & CU Phoenix missiles being placed on aircraft (3 shots)
MV Crew board 'plane
SCU AWG-9 radar system (2 shots)
GV & CU Aircraft taxiing and talking off (2 shots)
CU Pilot pressing launch button
CU & GV Missiles launched
LV Aircraft firing missiles (SLOW MOTION)
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Background: The United States Navy's newest jet fighter, the F-14 Tomcat, has made military aviation history by shooting down four separate remote-controlled target aircraft with one salvo from a new missile weapons system.
The aircraft, using the AWG-9 Phoenix electronics weapons system, launched four missiles and guided them simultaneously against the target aircraft, which were flying over 30 miles (48 kilometres) away at different altitudes and ranges.
One of the Phoenix missiles scored a direct hit on its target and the other three exploded near enough to bring down the other target 'planes.
The test firing was carried out at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Centre, at Point Mugu, California, on December 20th, and is shown in this film just released by the U.S. Department of Defence. The new weapons system enables an aircraft to engage six attacking aircraft or missiles simultaneously.
SYNOPSIS: Film has just being released of the United States Navy's newest jet fighter, which has an electronic missile 'gun' that can shoot down a number of attackers simultaneously with just one salvo. The aircraft is the F-14 Tomcat.
Sophisticated radar in the nose of the Tomcat can plot the path of up to six attacking aircraft simultaneously. The radar is linked to the aircraft's Phoenix missiles, which can be launched as soon as the attacking aircraft or missiles come within seventy miles of the Tomcat. The whole operation, as far as the pilot is concerned, is automated.
In this test-firing -- on the U.S. Navy's missile test range off the California coast -- four missiles were launched. The firing, seen again in slow motion brought down four remote-controlled aircraft, which were flying over thirty miles away at different heights.