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{{DISPLAYTITLE:FFAR Mighty Mouse}}
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  <div class="ttx-table-line ttx-table-head">2.75 inch FFAR Might Mouse</div>
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    <div class="ttx-table-line"><span class="ttx-value">Unguided Rocket</span><span class="ttx-name">Type</span></div>
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    <div class="ttx-table-line"><span class="ttx-value">USA [[File:CountryIcon USA.png|link=]]</span><span class="ttx-name">Country of origin</span></div>
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  <div class="ttx-table-line ttx-table-head">Production History</div>
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    <div class="ttx-table-line"><span class="ttx-value">Naval Ordnance Test Station China Lake</span><span class="ttx-name">Designer</span></div>
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    <div class="ttx-table-line"><span class="ttx-value">1948</span><span class="ttx-name">Designed</span></div>
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  <div class="ttx-table-line ttx-table-head">Specifications</div>
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    <div class="ttx-table-line"><span class="ttx-value">18.5 lb (8.4 kg)</span><span class="ttx-name">Missile mass</span></div>
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    <div class="ttx-table-line"><span class="ttx-value">4 ft (1.2 m)</span><span class="ttx-name">Length (normal)</span></div>
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    <div class="ttx-table-line"><span class="ttx-value">2.75 in (70 mm)</span><span class="ttx-name">Diameter (normal)</span></div>
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    <div class="ttx-table-line"><span class="ttx-value">TNT</span><span class="ttx-name">Explosive warhead</span></div>
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    <div class="ttx-table-line"><span class="ttx-value">6 lb (2.7 kg)</span><span class="ttx-name">Explosive mass</span></div>
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  <div class="ttx-table-line ttx-table-head">Other Information</div>
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    <div class="ttx-table-line"><span class="ttx-value">6,500 yd (6,000 m)</span><span class="ttx-name">Maximum firing range</span>
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    <div class="ttx-table-line"><span class="ttx-value">1,022.7 mph (457 m/s)</span><span class="ttx-name">Speed</span></div>
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<div class="ttx-table-line"><span class="ttx-value">None</span><span class="ttx-name">Guidance System</span></div>
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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
 
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The '''{{PAGENAME}}''' or Mk 4 Folding-Fin Aerial Rocket is a 2.75 inches (70 mm) diameter unguided rocket utilised by military aircraft.  This rocket was primarily developed for interceptor aircraft which would utilise them for shooting down enemy bombers which proved difficult to shoot down with guns and cannons at the speeds they were travelling. While initially developed for air-to-air combat, the FFAR was found to be very effective when utilised in air-to-surface operations.
 
The '''{{PAGENAME}}''' or Mk 4 Folding-Fin Aerial Rocket is a 2.75 inches (70 mm) diameter unguided rocket utilised by military aircraft.  This rocket was primarily developed for interceptor aircraft which would utilise them for shooting down enemy bombers which proved difficult to shoot down with guns and cannons at the speeds they were travelling. While initially developed for air-to-air combat, the FFAR was found to be very effective when utilised in air-to-surface operations.
[[File:Mighty_Mouse_Cartoon_Image.jpg|250px|thumb|right|The '''{{PAGENAME}}''' was nicknamed after the fictional cartoon character Mighty Mouse.]]
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Unlike traditional missiles with fixed fins, the FFAR's fins were in a folded position when loaded in a launch tube.  Upon the missile being launched and departed the launch tube, the folding fins would flip out into place to help stabilise the spin-rate of the rocket. While a single rocket could by itself bring down a bomber, due to it being unguided, accuracy was not on the side of the attacking pilot. To compensate for the inaccuracy of the rockets, they were usually launched in volleys to increase chances of hitting the target.
 
Unlike traditional missiles with fixed fins, the FFAR's fins were in a folded position when loaded in a launch tube.  Upon the missile being launched and departed the launch tube, the folding fins would flip out into place to help stabilise the spin-rate of the rocket. While a single rocket could by itself bring down a bomber, due to it being unguided, accuracy was not on the side of the attacking pilot. To compensate for the inaccuracy of the rockets, they were usually launched in volleys to increase chances of hitting the target.
  
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[[File:UH-1B_mightymouse.jpg|350px|thumb|right|A side view of an [[UH-1B]] with a side mounted ''{{PAGENAME}}''' rocket launcher.]]
 
[[File:UH-1B_mightymouse.jpg|350px|thumb|right|A side view of an [[UH-1B]] with a side mounted ''{{PAGENAME}}''' rocket launcher.]]
 
=== Effective damage ===
 
=== Effective damage ===
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The {{PAGENAME}} is a straight forward unguided high-explosive rocket which can be configured for either a contact fuze, timed fuze or an automatic detonation fuze once the rocket propellent has run out. If the rocket explodes within close proximity of a target aircraft or vehicle, it will still cause splash damage and still potentially disable or destroy the target.
  
 
=== Comparison with analogues ===
 
=== Comparison with analogues ===
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== Usage in battles ==
 
== Usage in battles ==
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Due to the size and inaccurate nature of the {{PAGENAME}}, this rocket is best used against slower moving targets like bombers, hovering helicopters, aircraft parked on a runway and other lightly armoured targets. When attacking bombers, it may be necessary to fire off the entire volley of rockets in one shot to increase the chance of hitting the target. For aircraft parked on the runway, helicopters or other lightly armoured targets it may only be necessary to fire off several rockets to ensure a hit, but not the entire volley. Several rocket attacks may be required due to the inaccurate nature of these rockets.
  
 
=== Pros and cons ===
 
=== Pros and cons ===
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[[File:Mighty_Mouse_Cartoon_Image.jpg|250px|thumb|right|The '''{{PAGENAME}}''' was nicknamed after the fictional cartoon character Mighty Mouse.]]
  
 
'''Pros:'''
 
'''Pros:'''
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* Enough explosive value to take out a bomber
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* Lightweight
  
 
'''Cons:'''
 
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* Extremely inaccurate, best to fire off multiples
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* Requires using many to increase chances of hitting a target
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* Like firing a shotgun, some may hit a target
  
 
== History ==
 
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== Media ==
 
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{{Youtube-gallery|yP7Oxx8AY2c|Mk 4 Mighty Mouse FFAR (Documentary)}}
  
 
== See also ==
 
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* [http://bulletpicker.com/pdf/TM%209-1950,%20Rockets%20(1958).pdf TM9-1950 - Rockets, Department of the US Army, 1958, p. 74]
  
 
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Revision as of 19:16, 1 May 2019

2.75 inch FFAR sideview.png
2.75 inch FFAR Might Mouse
Unguided RocketType
USA CountryIcon USA.pngCountry of origin
Production History
Naval Ordnance Test Station China LakeDesigner
1948Designed
Specifications
18.5 lb (8.4 kg)Missile mass
4 ft (1.2 m)Length (normal)
2.75 in (70 mm)Diameter (normal)
TNTExplosive warhead
6 lb (2.7 kg)Explosive mass
Other Information
6,500 yd (6,000 m)Maximum firing range
1,022.7 mph (457 m/s)Speed
NoneGuidance System

Description

The FFAR Mighty Mouse or Mk 4 Folding-Fin Aerial Rocket is a 2.75 inches (70 mm) diameter unguided rocket utilised by military aircraft. This rocket was primarily developed for interceptor aircraft which would utilise them for shooting down enemy bombers which proved difficult to shoot down with guns and cannons at the speeds they were travelling. While initially developed for air-to-air combat, the FFAR was found to be very effective when utilised in air-to-surface operations.

Unlike traditional missiles with fixed fins, the FFAR's fins were in a folded position when loaded in a launch tube. Upon the missile being launched and departed the launch tube, the folding fins would flip out into place to help stabilise the spin-rate of the rocket. While a single rocket could by itself bring down a bomber, due to it being unguided, accuracy was not on the side of the attacking pilot. To compensate for the inaccuracy of the rockets, they were usually launched in volleys to increase chances of hitting the target.

By the late 1950s, rockets had largely been removed from air-to-air service and were being fitted to helicopters for an air-to-ground role. For helicopters, a volley of rockets was found to be just as effective as a cannon, however, the rockets were lighter and did not cause recoil that the cannons produced.

The FFAR was given the nickname Mighty Mouse after the famous cartoon character of the time which featured a mouse with superpowers and the ability to fly and was known to sing a famous line "Here I come to save the day!" when he flew into action.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

Vehicles equipped with this weapon
Jet fighters 
F-100  F-100D
G.91  G.91 pre-serie · G.91 R/1 · G.91 R/4 · G.91 YS
FJ-4B  FJ-4B · FJ-4B VMF-232
T-2  T-2
Attackers  AD-4
Helicopters 
AH-1  AH-1F · AH-1G · AH-1Z
BO 105  BO 105 CB-2 · BO 105 PAH-1 · BO 105 PAH-1A1
SA.  SA 341F Gazelle · SA 342M Gazelle
UH-1  UH-1B · UH-1C · UH-1C XM-30 · ▀UH-1D

General info

Tell us about the tactical and technical characteristics of the bomb.

A side view of an UH-1B with a side mounted FFAR Mighty Mouse' rocket launcher.

Effective damage

The FFAR Mighty Mouse is a straight forward unguided high-explosive rocket which can be configured for either a contact fuze, timed fuze or an automatic detonation fuze once the rocket propellent has run out. If the rocket explodes within close proximity of a target aircraft or vehicle, it will still cause splash damage and still potentially disable or destroy the target.

Comparison with analogues

Give a comparative description of bombs that have firepower equal to these type of weapons.

Usage in battles

Due to the size and inaccurate nature of the FFAR Mighty Mouse, this rocket is best used against slower moving targets like bombers, hovering helicopters, aircraft parked on a runway and other lightly armoured targets. When attacking bombers, it may be necessary to fire off the entire volley of rockets in one shot to increase the chance of hitting the target. For aircraft parked on the runway, helicopters or other lightly armoured targets it may only be necessary to fire off several rockets to ensure a hit, but not the entire volley. Several rocket attacks may be required due to the inaccurate nature of these rockets.

Pros and cons

The FFAR Mighty Mouse was nicknamed after the fictional cartoon character Mighty Mouse.

Pros:

  • Enough explosive value to take out a bomber
  • Lightweight

Cons:

  • Extremely inaccurate, best to fire off multiples
  • Requires using many to increase chances of hitting a target
  • Like firing a shotgun, some may hit a target

History

Examine the history of the creation and combat usage of this weapon. If the historical reference turns out to be too big, take it to a separate article, taking a link to an article about the vehicle and adding a block "/ History" (example: https://wiki.warthunder.com/(weapon-name)/History) and add a link to it here using the main template. Be sure to reference text and sources by using <ref>, as well as adding them at the end of the article.

Media

See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the article about the variant of the weapon;
  • references to approximate analogues by other nations and research trees.

External links


Rockets
USA 
70 mm  FFAR Mighty Mouse · Hydra-70 M247
110 mm  M8
127 mm  HVAR · Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP
298 mm  Tiny Tim
Germany 
55 mm  R4M
73 mm  RZ.65
88 mm  Pb2
150 mm  Wgr.41 Spr
210 mm  Wfr.Gr.21
USSR 
55 mm  S-5K · S-5KP · S-5M
80 mm  S-8KO · S-8M
82 mm  M-8 · RS-82 · RBS-82
122 mm  S-13DF
127 mm  S-3K
132 mm  M13 · RS-132 · RBS-132
212 mm  S-1of · S-21
240 mm  S-24 · S-24B
425 mm  TT-250
Britain 
70 mm  CRV7 M247
87 mm  AP Mk I · AP Mk II
152 mm  RP-3
183 mm  Triplex R.P.
292 mm  Uncle Tom · Red Angel
Japan 
100 mm  Type 5 No.1 Mod.9
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
China 
55 mm  HF-5
90 mm  Type 90-1
130 mm  Type 130-2
France 
37 mm  SNEB
68 mm  SNEB type 23 · TDA
100 mm  TBA ECC · TBA Multi-Dart 100 AB
120 mm  T10 140 · T10 151
Sweden 
75 mm  srak m/55 Frida · srak m/57B
81 mm  Oerlikon Typ 3Z 8Dla
135 mm  m/56D
145 mm  psrak m/49A
150 mm  srak m/51
180 mm  hprak m/49