beam-riding missile

beam-riding missile

A guided missile directed to its target by beam-rider guidance. The missile, immediately after its launch and as soon as it attains controllable flight status, is gathered in the wide beam and directed onto the target. The guidance beam now narrows and passes the correction signals to the missile continuously to direct it to the target. See beam-riding guidance.
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The first stage of the modular system was the Leds-50 sensor suite which provides hull hemispherical coverage and alerts the crew when their vehicle is being targeted by rangefinder, designator, beam-riding missile or laser dazzler threats.
One of the most serious threats is the KBP 9M121 Vikhr (AT-16), a supersonic laser beam-riding missile that can be used either against tanks or aircraft.
A laser beam-riding missile is less prone to jamming problems.
Since the mid-1980s, the Israeli Army has been deploying an IR laser beam-riding missile derived from the wire-guided Hughes TOW.
Command to line-of-sight and beam-riding missiles like the Blowpipe, Javelin and Starburst belong to a different league.
The unmanned turret has two pairs of Denel Ingwe ('Leopard') laser beam-riding missiles in the ready-to-launch position with a stabilised day/night system mounted between them.
The ADATS employs Contraves search and track radars that can simultaneously follow up to six targets (with growth potential for ten), a Martin-Marietta EO module, and eight laser beam-riding missiles. The missile weights 51.4 kg and has a range of 10 km.