The Aviationist brings us this video of weapons tests at China Lake.
Located in California’s Mojave Desert, China Lake is home to NAVAIR’s Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD).
NAWCWD is responsible for supporting NAVAIR programs by:
Among the services NAWCWD provides, there is also Missiles and Free-Fall Weapons Research and Development. This means that China Lake develops explosives and propellants, and conducts basic and applied research in science and technology of weaponry.
- Performing research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E), logistics, and in-service support for guided missiles, free-fall weapons, targets, support equipment, crew systems and electronic warfare
- Integrating weapons and avionics on tactical aircraft
- Operating the Navy’s western land and Sea Range test and evaluation complex
- Developing and applying new technology to ensure battle space dominance
Weapon systems regularly developed at China Lake include Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM), High-Speed Antiradiation Missile (HARM), Hellfire, Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW), Penguin, Phoenix, Sidewinder, Sea Sparrow, Standoff Land Attack Missile (SLAM), SLAM-ER, Standard Missile, Tomahawk and Vertical Launch Anti-submarine Rocket (VLA).
There's more at the link.
Here's the video.
Frankly, I'd rather be far away from any weapon that accurate. During my time under fire, back in the 1980's, projectiles and bombs were aimed by ye good olde Mark I Eyeball, or by relatively primitive radar bombing systems. They could get within 100 yards of their targets most of the time, but not always, and direct hits were a relatively small percentage of the weapons launched. These things . . . basically, if someone puts the crosshairs on you or your vehicle or your building, you're toast. No fun on the receiving end.