RIM-24A

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Description

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General info

Missile Characteristics
Mass 580 kg
Guidance Semi-Automatic (SACLOS)
Launch range 14.00 km
Maximum speed 620 m/s
Missile guidance time 30.0 secs
Explosive type Torpex
Explosive mass 30.8 kg
TNT equivalent 49.28 kg
Warhead type SAP-HE

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Usage in battles

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History

During World War II, the United States Navy recognized that there was a significant gap in their air defense umbrella. The role of short-range air defense was a changing selection of guns starting with the AN-M2 Browning machine guns before moving up to the 20 mm/70 Oerlikon cannons and the Bofors L/60 Mark 1. Long-Range air defense, meanwhile, was handled by fighter aircraft, but there was a gap in the field of medium-range air defense. The gap was first noticed in 1943 with the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) Henschel Hs 293 and Fritz X guided anti-ship bombs against American naval vessels in the Mediterranean.

In response, Operation Bumblebee was launched to develop a ramjet-powered surface-to-air missile that could fill the gap between guns and fighters. The end result of the ramjet-powered missile was the RIM-8 Talos adopted in 1958, but three years prior, the RIM-2 Terrier was developed as a testbed for the program before getting adopted. The RIM-2 is the basis for the RIM-24A Tartar which is the last of the designs collectively called the "3T" missiles that emerged from Operation Bumblebee.

The RIM-24A was developed as a smaller version of the Terrier for use on smaller naval warships and for engaging targets at a closer than its larger cousin. The design for the Tartar was effectively a RIM-2C without the secondary booster and was adopted in 1962 by the United States Navy. Used dual and single-arm mounts, the RIM-24A Tartar was the primary weapon of several destroyers including the Charles F. Adams, the guided missile conversions of the Mitscher and Forrest Sherman-classes along with the Brooke-class frigates in the United States Navy. It was the secondary armament for the Albany-class missile cruisers. It was also used in foreign navies in the Koninklijke Marine (Royal Netherlands Navy), Marine Nationale (French Navy), the Royal Australian Navy, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, the Marina Militare (Italian Navy), Bundesmarine (German Navy) and Royal Australian Navy.

The RIM-24A Tartar is a semi-active radar-homing design with a 130-pound missile warhead, a top speed of Mach 1.8, and a range of 8.7 nautical miles (10 miles). The RIM-24A was found to be an unreliable design, however, so the design was upgraded to the RIM-24B Improved Tartar and later the RIM-24A missiles were subjected to the RIM-24C Improved Tartar Retrofit (ITR). The RIM-24 would have its development ended after the adoption of the improved RIM-66 Standard missile adopted in 1967 though the Tartar missile would continue to serve into the 1980s.

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Rockets  Mk.7 · M8 · Mark 108 Weapon alfa
Missiles  RIM-24A
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