« Last post by zen on Today at 03:03:52 pm »
So what do we know about Green Sparkler?
Well we know it was the codename for the Stage 2 SAM, and that this required a range of 200nm.
We know the missile was command guidance, with midcourse update and terminal active homing.
We also know there where two seeker options looked at, each of which was aimed at range of 10nm against a bomber.
Orange Cocktail, was a bistatic system, using coherent CW seeker, with seperate transmit and receive dishes, mounted in fairings either side of the missile body.
Monocular system, using PD and thus a single dish.
We can also infer from the trials, that the dish size for Orange Cocktail was indeed 16" as this doesn't conform to reuse of Red Dean/Red Hebe (12") or Bloodhound/Thunderbird (19-20").
We can make an assumption the S-band datalink developed for Command guidance for the mk3 Bloodhound (nuclear warhead) may bear relation to that aspect of Green Sparkler.
So chief questions...
1. What was the propulsion system, rocket or ramjet?
2. What was the warhead, nuclear or conventional?
3. What were the design options for the missile fuselage looked at?