VISNEWS camera's aboard an Aircraft Carrier of the US Seventh Fleet 'somewhere in Western Pacific Ocean', recently filmed exercises with jet interceptor aircraft equipped with America's latest air-to-air missile..
Air shot of carrier underway, plane is moved on deck of carrier.
Navy man attaches rear fins to 'Sparrow' and pulls 'Sparrow' on dolly to elevator, elevator brings missiles to deck and some are rolled to plane.
Men attach 'Sparrow' to wing of aircraft.
Pilot is aided at cockpit and puts on helmet.
Pilot is signalled by deck officer.
Two planes take off from carrier.
Plane fires 'Sparrow' - missile seeks out drone and hits it.
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Background: VISNEWS camera's aboard an Aircraft Carrier of the US Seventh Fleet 'somewhere in Western Pacific Ocean', recently filmed exercises with jet interceptor aircraft equipped with America's latest air-to-air missile..the Sparrow III.
Loaded two to a wing on carrier based aircraft, to all-weather electronically controlled missile 'homes' on to its target through accurate Radar Homing Guidance equipment. Developed and produced by the Raytheon Manufacturing Co of Tennessee, the slender supersonic weapon delivers a warhead with at least 50% more explosive force than previous comparable US air-to-air guided missiles.
The 'Sparrow III' (12ft 6in long -- weighing 350 lbs -- 40 inch wing span) can reach speeds above 1,500 mph ten seconds after firing from the 'mother' aircraft, - but is not effective after 5 mls of flight.
Squadrons operating aboard US Carriers 'Midway" and 'Bon Homme Richard' are now armed with 'Sparrow III'.