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Mitsubishi AAM-5



Overview


AAM-5

Left side view of dummy AAM-5 on display.
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Origin
Japan
Type
Short range air to air missile
Entered service
2004
Status
In service
Development
1991 - early 2000's
Developer
Japan - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Production
Early 2000's - present
Producer
Japan - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Unit cost
$ 500.000 in 2010
Designations
Type 04
Japanese military service
AAM-5
Design project

Description


Introduction

The AAM-5 is a modern short range air to air missile of Japanese origin. It was developed to replace the AAM-3 and provide the Japanese air force with a weapon that has similar capabilities as the European IRIS-T and American AIM-9X Sidewinder.

Layout

The AAM-5 has a conventional air to air missile layout with the seeker, warhead and electronics in the front and the solid propellant rocket motor in the rear. Long chord wings are fitted halfway and cruciform wings are located near the nozzle. Thrust vector control provides high maneuverability while creating minimal drag.

Guidance

The AAM-5 uses a high quality wide angle infrared seeker. Reportedly the seeker is highly resistant against modern IR countermeasures. The AAM-5 has a lock on after launch ability that uses inertial navigation before acquiring the target at a predetermined target location. The AAM-5 can also be used in conjunction with a helmet mounted queuing system to utilize its high off boresight performance.

Firepower

The warhead is triggered by an active laser fuze and reportedly is a directional warhead. The maximum range is quoted as 50 km under perfect conditions and 35 km in practice. Both ranges are achieved using lock on after launch.

Launch platforms

The AAM-5 can be used on the F-15J, F-15DJ and the indigenous F-2 fighter aircraft. On both platforms integration is required, such as carried out under the F-15MJ improvement program.

Users

The sole user of the AAM-5 is the Japanese air force. No exports are planned.

Details


AAM-5

Right side view of dummy AAM-5 on display.
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Variants of the AAM-5 air to air missile

AAM-5: Original production model, introduced in 2004.

AAM-5B: Improved AAM-5 with longer seeker cooling duration and better performance against IR flares. Project started in 2010 and planned to be operational in 2016.

Facts AAM-5
General
Origin
Japan
Type
Air to air missile
Dimensions
Length
3.10 m
Diameter
0.13 m
Wingspan
0.44 m
Weight
95 kg
Guidance
Type
Infrared homing
Inertial guidance for lock on after launch capability
Warhead
Type
Directional blast warhead
Fuse
Laser proximity fuse
Engagement envelope
Propulsion
Single-stage solid propellant rocket motor
Max speed
Mach 3
Range
50 km maximum, 35 km practial

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