Generally, information about the target is programmed into the missile just prior to launch. This can include coordinates, radar measurements (including velocity), or an IR image of the target. After it is fired, the missile guides itself by some combination of gyroscopes and accelerometers, GPS, organic RADAR, and infrared optics. Some systems offer the option of either continued input from the launch platform or fire-and-forget.
New Milan ER on the way: ironically, when in very recent years fire-and-forget missiles had become all the rage, it now seems that second thoughts are predominating due to the very different battle scenarios that have been taking place since the obliteration of the Cold War.(What's Up?)
Dec 01, 2005; AA number of countries are currently looking into new-generation portable anti-armour missiles to replace their ageing...