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580795 Anti-Radiation-Missile

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Project Spike, using an F-106A 58-0795 as an ASAT vehicle. Here with a.General Electric M61A1 Vulcan 20MM Cannon mounted on an F-106A 58-0795 of the ADWC. The Air-launched AGM-78 Antisatellite missile under the wing will released launching aircraft and its motor is ignited. At a certain point in its trajectory, the missile released a miniature homing vehicle which destroyed the satellite by impact.

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The two contractors involved in Project Spike, General Dynamics and Ling-TEMCO-Vought (LTV), designed very different miniature homing vehicles. A plastic model of General Dynamics’ vehicle, known as the Gimbaled Miniature Vehicle, is shown at top left. A plastic model of LTV’s vehicle, which ultimately became the concept for the later Air-launched ASAT, is shown at bottom left. The vehicles were designed to be launched from an F-106 fighter using a standard Anti-Radiation Missile (ARM) shown under the right wing. Both were designed to destroy a satellite by impact. The many thrusters on both vehicles were necessary to balance them and adjust their trajectories in flight.

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