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Old 01-16-2019, 07:22 PM
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Default Airborne Surveillance Missile

I know the ASM is a "scale like" kit, but others such as the Nike-X have roots in real missiles. Was the ASM inspired by a specific missile? If so, which one/ones? It reminds me of some naval sea skimmers.
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Old 01-16-2019, 07:23 PM
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I think it looks kind of Exocet-ish.
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Old 01-16-2019, 10:19 PM
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I believe that is based on a German tactical recon missile from the '70s. I can't put my finger on a reference, but it had a solid rocket booster and a turbine powered sustainer. I will keep looking.

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Nope and nope. Canadian reconnaissance drones CL-89 and/or CL-289.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadair_CL-89

https://fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ac/row/cl-289.htm
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Entirely possible the Germans bought them though!
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"The Canadair CL-89 is a surveillance drone (UAV) produced jointly by Canada, Britain and West Germany in the 1960s."

Looks like you're both right. I noticed it was tested in Arizona, so there's some USA involvement too, even if it was just to let them come play in our sandbox.
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Thanks for the correction. I probably saw a picture with the German markings and did not think about Canadair.

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