Template talk:USAF missiles

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Is RM-85 misplaced in template-category? [Or Nike-Cajun misplaced under RM-65?][edit]

It links to non-military. but then the source says "One solution was to combine existing rocket boosters into multi-stage rockets, and the most important first stage motor for these applications was the M5 (X216A2) booster of the SAM-A-7-MIM-3 Nike Ajax anti-aircraft missile." I guess air-to-air means "air-to-aircraft"? That aside, isn't it "ground-to", not "air-to"? comp.arch (talk) 17:59, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

That article really needs some love. I've added one that makes the designation clearer: Nike-Cajun was given the designation XRM-85 originally; later it became PWN-3 when MacNamara forced the unifed designation system's adoption. (Really, the whole "N-for-research-rocket" series needs a lot of work.) I'm not sure where your comment about air-to-air vs. surface-to-air comes from? "Air-to-air" means "aircraft launched for use against aircraft", ground-launced vs. aircraft would be "surface-to-air". - The Bushranger One ping only 21:48, 7 May 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for answering. I just happened to make minor edits to two articles about "missiles", that I do not really know anything about. I guess the "missiles" or the technology has to do with the military, that is, some missile technology is used for a sounding rocket. I had second thoughts on my addition to this template, as not all rockets are missiles. But still Missile says:
An ordinary English-language usage predating guided weapons, a missile is "any thrown object"
Of course "to-air" means "to-aircraft".. I'm from a non-military country.. :) but anyway, doesn't matter it's in "Other missiles"-category. I just looked at it wrong. comp.arch (talk) 09:23, 8 May 2014 (UTC)
Well, in common useage in English, "missile" refers to 'an unmanned, weapon that is propelled to its target by jet or rocket power carrying a warhead'. - The Bushranger One ping only 21:17, 8 May 2014 (UTC)
Right, I saw that you changed to "See also". That is good, still should "Template:Missile types" be included in Nike-Cajun based on the template's heading? I do not care to much, leave in your hands. comp.arch (talk) 11:02, 9 May 2014 (UTC)
Yep, that's appropriate: rockets and missiles designated under the various U.S. designation systems (i.e have a designation system sequence navbox) have that one as well as part of the standard page formatting. - The Bushranger One ping only 11:08, 9 May 2014 (UTC)