- Dec 27, 2005
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Yes, this is a homing head from a Red Top. The main item missing is the small reflecting telescope that fits on top of the reticle assembly and focuses the IR image onto the reticle. The reticle is rotated at 100Hz by a 2 or 3 (can't remember which) phase motor along with a gyro wheel. The gyro isolates missile body motion. A pickoff around the reticle provides a position reference signal. The reticle/gyro assembly is in a 2 axis gimbal driven by two DC torque motors. Beneath the reticle is a field lens (has a redish colour) that brings the IR onto the IR detector cell. The detector is cooled from the aircraft compressed air supply before launch. The cooler is mounted under the detector. A guidance electronics package takes inputs from the IR cell and the reference pickoff and provides signals that give the two axis offsets from centre of the target image on the reticle. These signals provide drives to the gimbal torque motors to keep the target spot at the centre of the reticle. Wire pickoffs on each axis of the gimbal provide position rates of change to drive the missile fins. In summary what you would need to get the unit to track a target would be the telescope, the guidance electronics package, gyro drive supply and a high pressure pure air supply. Let me know if you require any further information/help, it would be good to get it working!
Sidewinder’s original reticle AM seeker was fixed so didn’t need stabilisation, it was pointed by manoeuvring the whole aircraft but had a very limited engagement angle. However the missile itself still needs stability once in flight so had the, without doubt, ingenious rollerons.Sidewinder used rollerons on the tails to stabilise the missile itself, which was a lot easier and cheaper than stabilising the seeker.
pretty hard to open, but well done!On the topic of Red Top, an original RPE paper on the development of the Linnet 1 and 2 rocket motors that powered it can be found here: https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/b93a/3af449fb6d6d19282d0e48e81286fad1efb3.pdf