| Mission: Long-range
air-to-air missile, carried in clusters of up to six missiles on the
Background: The Phoenix missile
is the Navy's only long-range air-to-air missile.
It is an airborne weapons control system with multiple-target handling
capabilities, used to kill multiple air targets with conventional
warheads. Near simultaneous launch is possible against up to six
targets in all weather and heavy jamming environments. The improved
Phoenix, the AIM-54C, can better counter projected threats from
tactical aircraft and cruise missiles.