the change in amramm-like missiles use has gone in favour of Semi-active missile carriers and has made air battles more fair.
however i don't understand whether a plane can track and guide in mid terminal course its amramm-like missiles through IRST device, because to my knowlendge IRST carriers like F-35, SU-35, J-20 have this ability in the real world
Correct me if i'm wrong
Depends on the range - on close range they (the camera + laser range finder) can give weapons grade track, on longer range no - the IR sensor can just provide bearing. To give you some perspective the IR sensor can detect a target at up to 100km, but that is not weapons grade that you can use for missile launch or mid course update. The EO sensor combined with Laser rangefinder can track targets at up to 40km and that's the tool that can provide you the firing solution or send mid course updates.
If you want longer range the option is ofc fusing data for few such bearings which can create weapons grade solution.
A single Block III Super Hornet will be able to passively scan with the IRST, spot targets, and present the pilot with a rough bearing overlaid on the aircraft’s radar screen. The sensor-fuzed CTP allows two or more aircraft to not only get a bearing on an opponent, but determine their range and altitude. Boeing says this data will be accurate enough to create three-dimensional target tracks and allow F/A-18E/F crews to actually engage their opponents at extended ranges.
And there will still be some changes coming, so it won't look like straight favouring of SARH missile as it might look now :)
< Message edited by Sharana -- 11/10/2018 7:05:19 PM >