FFAR Mighty Mouse

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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 at which 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-4  F-4C Phantom II
F-89  F-89D
F-100  F-100D · ▄F-100D
FJ-4  FJ-4B · FJ-4B VMF-232
G.91  G.91 pre-serie · G.91 R/1 · G.91 R/4 · G.91 YS
T-2  Mitsubishi T-2
Attackers  AD-4
Helicopters 
A-129  A-129 International
AH-1  AH-1F · AH-1G · AH-1S Kisarazu
BO 105  BO 105 CB-2 · BO 105 PAH-1 · BO 105 PAH-1A1
Tiger  EC-665 Tiger UHT
H-34  H-34
SA.341/2  SA.341F Gazelle · SA.342M Gazelle
UH-1  UH-1B · UH-1C · UH-1C XM-30 · ▀UH-1D

General info

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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 fuse, timed fuse or an automatic detonation fuse 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

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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

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Media

Mk 4 Mighty Mouse FFAR (Documentary)

See also

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Rockets
USA 
70 mm  FFAR Mighty Mouse · Hydra-70 M247
110 mm  M8
127 mm  HVAR
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-5M · S-21
82 mm  M-8 · RS-82 · RBS-82
88 mm  S-8KO
132 mm  M13 · RS-132 · RBS-132
212 mm  S-1of
240 mm  S-24
425 mm  TT-250
Britain 
76 mm  RP-3 · AP Mk.I · AP Mk.II
Japan 
Type 3  Type 3 No.1 · Type 3 No.6
Type 5  Type 5 No.1 · Type 5 No.6
France 
37 mm  SNEB 37
68 mm  SNEB Type 23 · TDA 68 mm
127 mm  T10 121
HE-FRAG  T10 140
HE  T10 151
Sweden 
75 mm  M/55
145 mm  M/49A · M/51
180 mm  M/49