Crusoe’s comments about the Laser Dazzle Sight in Incubus’s thread gave me an idea for a heat seeking missile defense, but I’m not sure how the warheads work now. And depending on the answer, I have just imagined either a cool defense, or an ENORMOUS missile beacon of death, I don’t know which!
The idea is to mount a radar/ir guided laser in the tail of a plane. If the that pours energy into the missile’s nose. Not to melt it or destroy it, just to overwhelm it’s sensors, and either give it a huge blob with a low hit probability, or trigger it’s proximity fuse while it’s a safe distance away.
The ideal way to employ this would seem to be straight and level flight, so the laser has a stable platform and target. So the consequences of it NOT working are pretty grim.
Are proximity fuses in IR missile ALSO IR based? If it’s RF based, I’m screwed. If there are NO proximity fuses, only impact, it’s also probably a worthless idea.
So, have I invented a life saver or a death machine? Or is this a case of been there, done that’s already been tried and discarded? I posted here, because someone may have the actual knowledge to tell me.