Dornier Tirailleur AAM (1977 - 1980)

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Dornier worked on this advanced AAM in 1977-1980. It featured body lift and in one form motor TVC steering. Both IR and miniature radar guidance were investigated.

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  • Bill Gunston, Modern Airborne Missiles, Salamander 1983
 
This what Trailleur AAM looked like. Source IDR
 

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Interesting nozzle design there. One comparatively small nozzle aimed directly aft and four canted nozzles that balance through the missile centerline. I can understand the multiple nozzles as opposed to one large nozzle, it makes for better expansion ratios and better performance.
 
From a Dornier Advert, AWST November 12 1979. Appears to be the radar homing version.
 

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Another new programme is Tirailleur, a low-cost short to medium range air-to-air missile with, as the name suggests, an undisclosed degree of French participation. Optional radar and infra-red homing heads are envisaged and the missile is intended for the ECA. The weapon will be similar in size to the US advanced medium-range air-air missile (AMRAAM).

Flight International 14 Jun 1980

Conceptual ancestor to MICA?
 
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Two Dornier Post articles on the Tirailleur:
Do-Post_80-2
Do-Post_81-3
Apparently it was meant to have a liquid fuel rocket motor and came (optionally) with an TV/laser-rangefinder target tracker mounted on the Aircraft
Pictures includ an IR-seeker variant and a longer range variant with secondary functionality against air-defenses
 

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Two Dornier Post articles on the Tirailleur:
Do-Post_80-2
Do-Post_81-3
Apparently it was meant to have a liquid fuel rocket motor and came (optionally) with an TV/laser-rangefinder target tracker mounted on the Aircraft
Pictures includ an IR-seeker variant and a longer range variant with secondary functionality against air-defenses
 

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Two Dornier Post articles on the Tirailleur:
Do-Post_80-2
Do-Post_81-3
Apparently it was meant to have a liquid fuel rocket motor and came (optionally) with an TV/laser-rangefinder target tracker mounted on the Aircraft
Pictures includ an IR-seeker variant and a longer range variant with secondary functionality against air-defenses
Great, thanks for sharing
 

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