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For other uses, see Jericho (disambiguation)

"Find an excuse to let one of these off the chain, and I personally guarantee you the bad guys won't even want to come out of their caves. For your consideration, the Jericho."
Tony Stark[src]

The Jericho were repulsor missiles created by the Stark Industries to assist the United States Armed Forces in Afghanistan.

History

"You see, Eloise, two weeks from now, I'm scheduled to go to Afghanistan and test a weapon so secret that I can't even tell you its name."
"What is its name?"
"The Jericho project."
Tony Stark and Eloise[src]

One Jericho missile was developed by Stark Industries for the United States Armed Forces. Tony Stark was meant to display the missile's capabilities to Air Force observers attending a demonstration in Afghanistan. While there, he was ambushed by the Ten Rings and held captive in order to build them a Jericho missile. However, Stark built an armored suit instead and escaped.

Obadiah Stane later sold Jericho missiles to the Ten Rings which were then destroyed by Iron Man.

Since then, Stark Industries has stopped manufacturing these weapons after Tony Stark witnessed how they were used in battle.[1]

Alternate Universe Versions

Killmonger's War

"I want all Jericho missiles locked and loaded by 0600."
Thaddeus Ross[src]

Some time after the Rescue of Tony Stark by Erik Killmonger, Stark spent time in his lab attempting to miniaturize the Jericho into a portable firearm.[3]

Following the aftermath of the Invasion of Wakanda, Thaddeus Ross gave the order to bomb Wakanda using Jericho missiles, kicking off the American-Wakandan War.[3]

Design and Capabilities

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"It's the first missile system to incorporate our proprietary repulsor technology. They say the best weapon is one you never have to fire. I respectfully disagree. I prefer the weapon you only have to fire once."
Tony Stark[src]

The Jericho is "hot-launched" (The missile's rocket booster fires during launch), and clears the launcher. Upon reaching a preset distance, the Jericho missile casing is blown off, launching sixteen separate, self-seeking MIRVs. The MIRVs then ignite their own engines, and, depending on target settings, will either cluster around the central missile or split off to track their own targets. The central missile's boosters burn out and use inertial and GPS guidance to drop towards its target.

The MIRVs impact onto the target, detonating their small first-impact warheads. In less than a second later, the main warhead detonates, usually resulting in three, massive explosions close together.

References

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