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The HVAR rocket. The highest quality model is shown, some aircraft use a lower quality model, like the one seen on the right (scale is approximate)
Side view of an HVAR unguided rocket.

The HVAR (High-Velocity Aircraft Rocket) was developed to be an American unguided rocket utilised for attacking ground targets from aircraft. This rocket began production towards the end of World War II and saw action through the Korean War. The HVAR was developed as an improvement upon the 5-inch Forward Firing Aircraft Rocket (FFAR) which had the same size warhead, however, it also sported an underwhelming 3.25 in (8.3 cm) rocket motor. The rocket was a good size; however, adaptations were needed to make it a faster rocket especially in a flatter trajectory, being fired from an external mount on an aircraft. Increasing the rocket motor's size allowed for the rocket to take on the 5 in diameter throughout the entire length of the rocket thereby increasing the propellant capacity from 8.5 lb to 23.9 lb. This rocket was outfitted with Ballistite for the propellant which had a greater specific impulse greater than the British, German or Soviet versions of rocket propellant. The ∆V (Delta 'Vee') for the new HVAR increased from 216 m/s to 420 m/s (1,400 ft/s), more than enough to provide the flat trajectory the designers and the military wanted.

The 5 in HVAR rocket was able to pack a punch and in doing so could penetrate 4 ft of reinforced concrete and be effectively used against sinking transport ships, destroying pillboxes, ammunition dumps, tanks and railroad locomotives. It was demonstrated that pilots inexperienced with the HVAR had decreased chances of hitting their target whereas experienced pilots could utilise them with deadly and almost pinpoint accuracy. Often HVAR and Tiny Tim rockets were used together with F-84 jets loading out up to 24 HVAR rockets and two Tiny Tims for an astounding rocket weight of 5,800 lb (2,600 kg).

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

Vehicles equipped with this weapon
F2G  F2G-1
F4U  F4U-1D · F4U-4 · F4U-4B · F4U-4B VMF-214 · F4U-7
F6F  F6F-5 · ▄F6F-5 · ▄Hellcat Mk II · F6F-5N · ▄F6F-5N
F8F  F8F-1 · F8F-1B · ▄F8F-1B
P-47  P-47D-25 · P-47D-28 · ␗P-47D-30 · P-47M-1-RE · ⋠P-47M-1-RE · P-47N-15
P-51  P-51D-5 · P-51D-10 · P-51D-20-NA · ␗P-51D-20 · P-51D-30 · P-51H-5-NA · ␗P-51K
Twin-engine fighters  F7F-3 · F-82E · P-38L-5-LO · ␗P-38L-1
Jet fighters 
CL-13  CL-13 Mk.4 · CL-13A Mk 5 · CL-13B Mk.6
F2H  F2H-2
F9F  F9F-2 · F9F-5
F-80  F-80A-5 · F-80C-10
F-84B  F-84B-26
F-84F  F-84F · ▀F-84F · ▄F-84F (Italy) · ▄F-84F (France) · F-84F
F-84G  F-84G-21-RE · ␗F-84G-21-RE · ▄F-84G-21-RE · ▄F-84G-26-RE
F-86  F-86A-5 · F-86F-2 · F-86F-25 · F-86F-30 ▅ · ␗F-86F-30 · F-86F-35 · F-86F-40 ▅ · F-86F-40 JASDF▅ · ␗F-86F-40
F-89  F-89D
Meteor  Meteor F Mk 8 G.41K
Attackers  A2D-1 · A-26B-50 · AD-2 · AD-4 · ▄AD-4 · AM-1 · AU-1
Bombers  A-26C-45DT · M.B.175T · PV-2D · SB2C-4 · ▄SB2C-5
Jet bombers  B-57B
Helicopters  H-34 · ▄H-34

General info

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Aircrews installing a warhead on a HVAR rocket. Laying on the ground below the centre person is the rocket body protection plug which is removed from the rocket body when installing a warhead, to the left on the ground is the fuse for the rocket which will be installed after the warhead is in place.

Effective damage

  • Smaller ships
  • Anti-aircraft artillery
  • Pillboxes
  • Light to medium armoured tanks
  • Locomotives
  • Bunkers

Comparison with analogues

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Usage in battles

The HVAR rocket has an effective punch for a 5 in. rocket. This rocket can be utilised against hardened targets such as pillboxes, anti-aircraft artillery and light to medium tanks with positive results. Rockets scoring a direct hit will blast through concrete and armour while nearby hits will also score splash damage. The HVAR can be a tricky rocket to get on target as it is unguided, once it is fired, it will continue to fly until it either hits the target, hits the ground nearby or runs out of fuel. Typically multiple HVAR rockets are fired off a the same time to ensure some contact with the target. While not as unpredictable as the 2.75 in. FFAR Mighty Mouse, it never hurts to fire off an extra rocket when available when attacking a target.

Pros and cons

A B-25 about to be hit by an HVAR unguided missile.


  • HVARs were rail launched, no drag from empty launchers as in the case of the M8's M-10 launch tubes
  • Effectively used against semi-hardened and hardened ground targets
  • Fitted to fighters, helicopters, attackers and some bombers
  • Effective when used in conjunction with Tiny Tim rockets
  • Can penetrate roof of most medium tanks, even top-tier ones.


  • Unguided, typically need to fire several to ensure the target is hit
  • Difficult to use against moving vehicles unless at very low altitude
  • Low accuracy.


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See also

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110 mm  M8
127 mm  HVAR · Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP
298 mm  Tiny Tim
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73 mm  RZ.65
88 mm  Pb2
150 mm  Wgr.41 Spr
210 mm  Wfr.Gr.21
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80 mm  S-8KO · S-8M
82 mm  M-8 · RS-82 · RBS-82
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127 mm  S-3K
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240 mm  S-24 · S-24B
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120 mm  Type 3 No.1 Mod.28 Mk.1
130 mm  Type 75
210 mm  Type 3 No.6 Mod.27 Mk.1 · Type 5 No.6 Mod.9
55 mm  HF-5
90 mm  Type 90-1
130 mm  Type 130-2
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145 mm  psrak m/49A
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180 mm  hprak m/49