An active weapon system such as a missile or bomb, or anything else that is ready for use by inference.
US Air Force slang, based on the fact that most air-dropped or -launched muntions are elongate like a dill pickle, and from the red button on the joystick used to fire theses weapons which resembles a slice of pickle found in burgers.
"With the target illuminated with a lser device carried by ground troops, the pilot activated the seeker head on the missile. 'Okay, I have a hot pickle, give me a go/no-go, FAC' he asked the Forward Air Controller"
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