missile plume

missile plume

[′mis·əl ‚plüm]
(electromagnetism)
The region of electromagnetic and other disturbances that follow a missile during reentry and make the missile more readily detectable.
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The MSH missile Warner operates in the solar-blind UV spectrum to pick the ultraviolet missile plume, while the laser detector looks for emissions from laser guidance systems.
in March 2001, Frederick has managed programs in radar and infrared threat characterization, ballistic missile plume and target phenomenology, and discrimination algorithm development, as well as optical/infrared measurements.
The Airborne Laser tested its battle management system and its tracking laser system against a simulated missile -- a KC-135 dubbed "Big Crow" that was equipped with infrared heat lamps to simulate a missile plume.
military transports have a directional IR countermeasure system, which can detect a missile plume, track the incoming threat and send a modulated beam of IR energy to the missile seeker, jamming the guidance signal and veering the weapon off course.
Baringa is a handheld unit that accurately simulates missile plume signatures to stimulate aircraft missile warning systems while in operational mode, allowing air crews to perform thorough go/no-go missile warning system testing.
5 seconds, which is less than half of others in that class--the MPCV can engage targets coming from the same direction with a launch interval of three seconds between missiles, without the risk of the heat-seeking sensor locking onto the previous missile plume.
Preliminary reports indicate all objectives were met, including the collection of missile plume characteristics and quick look data for the second firing.
Special infrared sensors which can detect a missile plume will be installed on the fuselage of the 747s.
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