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In 1972, the USAF initiated a program to develop a high-altitude long-range air-to-air missile to counter the MiG-25 Foxbat interceptor and reconnaissance aircraft. The missile was based on the AGM-78 Standard ARM, and was designated as XAIM-97A Seekbat (sometimes written Seek Bat).
The Seekbat used a larger propulsion unit than the AGM-78, and supplemented the latter's radar seeker with an infrared homing device. The missile had to be locked on the target before launch. The AIM-97 was intended to be effective at altitudes up to 24000 m (80000 ft). Test firings of XAIM-97A prototypes against drones began in late 1972, but the program was short-lived, and was no longer active in early 1976.
Note: Data given by several sources show slight variations. Figures given below may therefore be inaccurate!
Data for XAIM-97A:
|Length||4.57 m (15 ft)|
|Finspan||108 cm (42.5 in)|
|Diameter||34.3 cm (13.5 in)|
|Weight||600 kg (1300 lb)|
|Ceiling||24000 m (80000 ft)|
|Propulsion||Aerojet MK 27 dual-thrust solid-fueled rocket|
 Bill Gunston: "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rockets and Missiles", Salamander Books Ltd, 1979
 R.T. Pretty (ed.): "Jane's Weapon Systems 1977", Jane's, 1976
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