FFAR Mighty Mouse

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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.

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

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

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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