Occasionally I play flight sim games, the more arcade style ones such as the Ace Combat series. As anyone who has plaid these will know, you have a totally unrealistic loadout of missiles and these can target both air and ground targets.
A friend of mine maintains that you could take out a ground target in real life using a heat seeker such as an ASRAAM or Sidewinder on the basis that so long as its a heat source the missile doesn't care. Indeed that is the whole basis for using flares to spoof a missile.
I argue no. The reason I say this is (1) there is a hell of a difference between the heat signature of a T-90 tank and a Mig at full military thrust (2) when you pop flares, you also get the hell out of the way. Most tanks, let alone static targets don't have that as an option. I back this up with the story of how a late model Spitfire was able to evade a Lightning during mock dogfights in 1957. The heat seeking Firestreaks couldn't lock onto the Spits engine. It wasn't hot enough.
https://defenceoftherealm.wordpress.com ... ed-combat/ Now I accept that modern ASRAAMs may be more sensitive but still......
However I am still unable to convince said friend that he is wrong. I even showed him the scene from the movie Pentagon Wars where they strapped hotplates to a tank to make it hot enough to allow a missile to lock on..
So what do you think? Take out a tank with an ASRAAM or is it an impossibility?Gen. Partridge: Even a heat-seeking missile can miss a target.
Chairwoman of the Senate Armed Services Committee: General, I see here that you taped electric hot-plates to the surface of the vehicle to help your heat-seeking missile find its target. And, that the temperature of the vehicle was so high that it could have fried an egg at twenty feet.
Although if F-Toys would do one of their Vs sets with a Spit and a Lightning I wouldn't object....