"Maverick" Air-to-Surface Missile
Published October 01, 2007
Hughes AGM-65A Maverick Air-to-Surface Missile
Motor: One Thiokol TX-481 solid-propellant rocket motor
Wingspan: 2 ft 4 in
Length: 8 ft 2 in
Diameter: 1 ft 0 in
Weight: 462 lbs
Armament: 125 lbs cone-shaped warhead
The AGM-65A was the first production model of the Maverick accepted by the USAF in August 1972. It was equipped with an electro-optical television guidance system. The pilot was able to activate the video capability from the cockpit. A protective cover was removed from the nose and the missile transmited an image to the cockpit screen. The pilot could then select a target on the viewing screen, lock the missile to the target, and fire.
Since most USAF aircraft could carry up to six Mavericks, the pilot could attack additional targets in the same area. The missile also had a launch and leave ability that allowed the pilot to target the missile and fire it without remaining in the area to guide it to the target. The aircraft was free to take evasive maneuvers if under attack or go on to the next target. USAF purchased 25,750 AGM-65As.
On August 6, 1968 Hill AFB was assigned system management and engineering responsibilities for the Hughes AGM-65A Maverick missile and in 1970 became responsible for repairing AGM-65 missile equipment. The first AGM-65A Maverick missile maintenance trainer arrived at Hill AFB on July 27, 1972 but the first repair work on the missile itself was the overhaul of a guidance unit that occurred on October 31, 1972. In late fall 1977, the Program Management and Engineering responsibilities for the AGM-65A Maverick was transferred from AFSC to Hill.