Definition/Scope: A precision-guided, air-to-ground missile configured primarily for the anti-tank and anti-ship roles. Six models of Mavericks have been developed. The AGM-65A/B/D variants have shaped-charge warheads and are used as anti-tank weapons. The AGM-65E/F/G/K variants have a larger blast/penetration warhead and are used in the land attack and anti-ship role. The IR Maverick Missile which is an infrared-guided, rocket-propelled, air-to-ground missile for use against targets requiring considerable warhead penetration prior to detonation. The missile is capable of two pre-flight selectable modes of target tracking. The armor or land track mode is optimized for tracking land-based targets such as tanks or fortified emplacements. The ship track mode is optimized for tracking seaborne targets. The missile is capable of launch-and-leave operation. After launch, automatic missile guidance is provided by an imaging infrared energy sensing and homing device.
Used For:IR Maverick Missile
Broader Terms:A-10 Thunderbolt II
Narrower Terms:Close Air Support