Range: 6.5 Nautical Miles in-game (12 in real life).
It is a fire-and-forget missile, meaning after you locked on the target and fired the missile you don't need to continue holding the target on your sights and can continue with other targets immediately after firing. The missile will autonomously make correction towards a stationary point or a moving target. In comparison, GBUs can steer towards a GPS point, but do not have sensors to identify and track a target. GBUs cannot be targeted with a TGP directly.
Use EditThe AGM-65D Maverick is a general purpose air-to-ground missile.
- Select a target by turning on the the TGP and setting it to SOI.
- While holding the flight stick, use the thumb stick to slew the reticle over the desired target. The reticle will snap to a unit.
- Trigger Uncage Mode (Double Action): Hold the trigger down with the aircraft pointed towards the target to uncage the sensor. A circle in the HUD will slew onto the target and the weapon engagement zone bar will appear. If you are within range, the orange launch authorization lights will come on. While continuing to squeezing the trigger, press the change weapon button and the missile will launch. The AGM-65D is an Air-to-Ground Missile and thus "Rifle" is announced on the radio when the missile is fired.
- Single Action: The previously described trigger hold behavior is now always on. Instead,the trigger is now used to fire the weapon.
- After launch you are free to break away if needed or fire on other targets.
Real Life Edit
The AGM-65 Maverick is an air-to-ground tactical missile (AGM) designed for close air support.
It is the most widely produced precision-guided missile in the Western world and is effective against a wide range of tactical targets, including armor, air defenses, ships, ground transportation and fuel storage facilities.
Since its introduction into service, numerous Maverick versions had been designed and produced, using electro-optical, laser, charge-coupled device and infra-red guidance systems. The AGM-65 has two types of warhead: one has a contact fuze in the nose, the other has a heavyweight warhead fitted with a delayed-action fuze, which penetrates the target with its kinetic energy before detonating.
The Maverick shares the same configuration as Hughes's AIM-4 Falcon and AIM-54 Phoenix, and measures more than 2.4 m (8 ft) in length and 30 cm (12 in) in diameter.