Odd "windows" on some Firestreak?

Maury Markowitz

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Every Firestreak I have seen uses two rings of large triangular windows for its optical proximity fuse.

However, one of the images in the Wiki article shows a very different arrangement, with two rings of very much smaller rectangular "windows", one at the front and another at the tail.


This example, and the diagram in the article, entirely lack the larger windows I'm familiar with.

Are these actually windows, or simply paint to indicate where to lift the missile? Is this a dummy round?

This image:


Shows what I assume is a "real" round with the prox fuse windows. It lacks these rows of rectangles, although I see what might be two of them at the tail area, but these appear to be somewhat differwnt.

Can anyone clarify what these are?
 

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Missiles in museum collections tend to be dummy rounds (or even mockups, like the SRAAM in the RAF Cosford collection).
 

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