Lambert, Samuel Air Force Armament Laboratory, Department of the Air Force, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
Last reviewed:November 2019
- Aircraft guns and cannon
- Aircraft rockets
- Cluster weapon
- Fire control
- Guided weapons
- Smart weapons
- Advanced weapons
- Related Primary Literature
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That category of weapons which are typically delivered on target by fixed or rotary-wing aircraft, with the exception of nuclear weapons. Specifically included are guns and ammunition, rockets, free-fall bombs, cluster weapons that consist of a dispenser and submunitions, air-to-air and air-to-surface guided weapons, mines, and antiradiation missiles. Nuclear weapons such as the air-launched cruise missile and nuclear bombs, which are delivered by aircraft, are considered strategic weapons, a specific class of air armament. Related to, but not included as, armament are carrying racks and ejector mechanisms, fire-control computers, interface electronics, and head-up displays, which are critical to delivering the unguided weapons accurately. See also: Atomic bomb; Hydrogen bomb
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