The 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.
Capabilities and Functions
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.