The basic designation of every guided missile is based in a set of letters, which are in sequence. The sequence indicates the following:
Examples of guided missile designators are as follows:
The design or project number follows the basic designator. In turn, the number may be followed by consecutive letters, representing modifications.
- RGM-84D means:
- R - The weapon is ship-launched;
- G - The weapon is designed to surface-attack;
- M - The weapon is a guided missile;
- 84 - eighty-fourth missile design;
- D - fourth modification;
- RGM-84D means:
In addition, most guided missiles have names, such as Harpoon, Tomahawk, Seasparrow, etc. These names are retained regardless of subsequent modifications to the missile.
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