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RIM-24A on the USS Douglas


The RIM-24A is an American surface-to-air missile. It was introduced in Update "Danger Zone"

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

General info

The RIM-24A, also known as the Tartar missile, is a surface-to-air missile system that was developed by the United States Navy during the Cold War era. It was first deployed in the early 1960s and was used extensively during the Vietnam War to defend U.S. Navy ships from enemy aircraft.

The Tartar missile system was a significant improvement over previous systems in terms of range, speed, and accuracy. It was able to engage targets at a range of up to 50 miles and had a top speed of Mach 2.5. The system used semi-active radar guidance to track and intercept enemy aircraft, which made it highly effective in combat situations.

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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Pros and cons


  • Extreme acceleration and speed
  • Average manoeuvrability


  • Using the missile at sort range is impossible
  • Can damage critically only unarmoured ships


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 range 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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Naval special armaments
Mortars  7.2-inch T37 · Mk 2
Rockets  5-inch GPSR Mk.7 · Mark 108 Weapon alfa
Missiles  RIM-24A
Rockets  M/50 Bofors
Mortars  BM-37 · RBM · RBU-1200 · RBU-2500 · RBU-6000 · RKU-36U
Rockets  BM-14-17 · BM-21 · M13 · M-8
Missiles  Volna-M
Mortars  Ordnance ML 4.2-inch mortar
Rockets  4.5-inch BBR Mk.7 (USA) · Mark 108 Weapon alfa (USA)
Missiles  Nettuno

AAM  AIM-54A Phoenix · AIM-54C Phoenix · ATAS (AIM-92)
Sparrow  AIM-7C · AIM-7D · AIM-7E · AIM-7E-2 · AIM-7F · AIM-7M
Sidewinder  AIM-9B · AIM-9C · AIM-9D · AIM-9E · AIM-9G · AIM-9H · AIM-9J · AIM-9L · AIM-9M · AIM-9P
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Bullpup  AGM-12B Bullpup · AGM-12C Bullpup
Hellfire  AGM-114B Hellfire · AGM-114K Hellfire II
Maverick  AGM-65A · AGM-65B · AGM-65D
TOW  BGM-71 · BGM-71A · BGM-71B · BGM-71C
SAM  FIM-92 Stinger · MIM-72 · MIM146
Naval SAM  RIM-24A
AAM  AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder · Flz Lwf 63/80
AGM  9M14M Malyutka · Flz Lwf LB 82 · HOT-1 · HOT-2 TOW · HOT-3 · PARS 3 LR
AShM  AS.34 Kormoran
SAM  Roland
AAM  9M39 Igla · R-3R · R-3S · R-13M1 · R-23R · R-23T · R-24R · R-24T · R-27ER(1) · R-27ET(1) · R-27R(1) · R-27T(1) · R-60 · R-60M · R-60MK · R-73(E)
AGM  9K127 Vikhr · 9M17M Falanga · 9M120 Ataka · 9M120-1 Ataka
  Kh-23M · Kh-25 · Kh-25ML · Kh-29L · Kh-29T · Kh-29TE · Kh-29TD · Kh-66 · S-25L
ATGM  3M7 · 9M14 · 9M113 Konkurs · 9M114 Shturm · 9M123 Khrizantema · 9M133 · 9M133FM3 · 9M133M-2
SAM  95Ya6 · 9M311 · 9M311-1M · 9M331 · 9M37M
Naval SAM  Volna-M
AAM  Fireflash · Firestreak · Red Top · Skyflash · Skyflash SuperTEMP · SRAAM
AGM  AS.12 · ZT-6 Mokopa
AShM  AJ.168
ATGM  BAe Swingfire · MILAN · MILAN 2 · ZT3
SAM  Starstreak
AGM  Ki-148 I-Go Model 1B
ATGM  Type 64 MAT · Type 79 Jyu-MAT
SAM  Type 81 SAM-1C · Type 91
AAM  PL-2 · PL-5B · PL-5C · PL-7 · PL-8 · TY-90
AGM  AKD-9 · AKD-10 · HJ-8A · HJ-8C · HJ-8E · HJ-8H
ATGM  302 · HJ-73 · HJ-73E · HJ-9 · QN201DD · QN502CDD
AAM  Aspide-1A
Naval AShM  Nettuno
SAM  Mistral SATCP
AAM  AA-20 Nord · Matra R511 · Matra R530 · Matra R530E · Matra Super 530D · Matra Super 530F · Matra R550 Magic 1 · Matra R550 Magic 2 · Mistral
AGM  9M14-2 Malyutka-2 · AS-20 Nord · AS-30 Nord · AS-30L Nord · HOT-1 · HOT-2 TOW · HOT-3 · Spike ER
SAM  Roland · VT1
AAM  RB24 · RB24J · RB71 · RB 74 · RB 74(M)
AGM  Rb05A · RB 53 Bantam · RB 55B Heli TOW · RB 55C Heli TOW · RB 75
ATGM  Rbs 55 · Rbs 56
SAM  Rbs 70
AAM  Shafrir · Shafrir 2 · Python 3
ATGM  Spike-MR
  AAM = Air-to-Air Missile   AGM = Air-to-Ground Missile   AShM = Anti-Ship Missile   ATGM = Anti-Tank Guided Missile (Ground mounts)   SAM = Surface-to-Air Missile