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Longbow Hellfire production stop

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Longbow Hellfire production stop
Posted by Headhunter88 on Wednesday, January 04, 2017 4:23 PM

I read that US stopped production of Longbow Hellfire missiles in 2005. Could somebody confirm? If yes could anybody gave the reason? And for what purposes they use radars on AH-64's although they didn't use radar guided missiles?

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Posted by goldhammer on Wednesday, January 04, 2017 4:27 PM

No idea on the missles, but radar can be used to find heavily camoflaged equipment for targeting or avoidance, along with IR.

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Posted by Phil_H on Wednesday, January 04, 2017 5:53 PM

The "Longbow" is a specific variant (AGM-114L) of the Hellfire family and is radar guided, unlike other variants which are laser guided, hence the radar on certain models of the AH-64.

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