Definitions

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  • n. Part of an airframe designed to carry an external load such as a missile.
  • n. A metal screw thread embedded in a workbench to faciliate the mounting and removal of specific tools.

Etymologies

hard +‎ point (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Also some fixed-wing aircraft are designated gunships (AC-47, AC-119, and AC-130). hardpoint reinforced stations to which external stores can be attached.

    FM 44-80 Visual Aircraft Recognition - Glossary

  • The bombs were wheeled under the center-line hardpoint of each of the four aircraft, lifted carefully by the hoisting arm, then shackled into place.

    The Sum of all Fears

  • But at least with Diablock Convoy you can easily remove the parts temporarily and stick it on a free hardpoint (Knob).

    The New Worlds Alliance

  • Finally, to further enhance the craft’s adaptability, the aft section includes a hardpoint to which can be attached custom-designed mission modules, ranging from lab units to cargo pods.

    STARSHIP SPOTTER

  • An electro-optical target acquisition and fire control system, mounted in a pod that attaches to a wing hardpoint on an attack aircraft.)

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

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