Image Recognition (IR) is a computer-aided capability of missiles to identify and memorize a targeted ship. Once a fighter gains a lock and launches the IR missile, electronic and visual signatures specific to that target are copied to the missile's AI program. It's difficult to evade[1].

Image recognition missiles are not to be confused with heat seeking missiles using an infrared camera to find any heat-emitting target.


  1. Image Recognition (IR) Missile on Wing Commander Saga

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