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Martin Marietta AGM-62 Walleye I


Although designated an air-to-ground missile (AGM), the Walleye was actually an unpowered glide bomb with a nose-mounted television camera to guide it to the target. 

The Walleye's camera sent an image of the target to the pilot's television screen. Once the pilot "locked" onto the target, he launched the weapon. The Walleye's onboard guidance system independently compared the locked image with the current image and made course corrections. Since the pilot did not have to control the bomb all the way to the target, the Walleye was known as a "fire and forget" weapon.

Starting in 1967, USAF F-4s and Navy A-4 and A-7 aircraft used the Walleyes, but they saw only limited use by the U.S. Air Force. Walleyes worked well if a target stood out from the surrounding area, but they had trouble if there was not enough contrast. Also, the weapon's light weight made it ineffective against targets like bridges. The Walleye II, a larger version with extended range, was used in OPERATION DESERT STORM in 1991 before being retired from service.

TECHNICAL NOTES:
Weight:
1,100 lbs.
Range: 16 miles
Warhead: 825-lb. MK 58 linear shaped-charge

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