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AIM-54 Phoenix Missile

 
Description
Long-range air-to-air missile, carried in clusters of up to six missiles on the F-14 Tomcat.
 
Background
The Phoenix missile is the Navy's only long-range air-to-air missile. It is an airborne weapons control system with multiple-target handling capabilities, used to kill multiple air targets with conventional warheads. Near simultaneous launch is possible against up to six targets in all weather and heavy jamming environments. The improved Phoenix, the AIM-54C, can better counter projected threats from tactical aircraft and cruise missiles.
 
Point Of Contact
Public Affairs Office
Naval Air Systems Command
Washington, DC 20361-0701
 
General Characteristics
Primary Function: Long-range air-launched air intercept missile.
Contractor: Hughes Aircraft Co. and Raytheon Co.
Date Deployed: 1974.
Unit Cost: $477,131.
Propulsion: Solid propellant rocket motor built by Hercules.
Length: 13 feet (3.9 meters).
Diameter: 15 inches (38.1 cm).
Wingspan: 3 feet (.9 meters).
Weight: 1,024 pounds (460.8 kg).
Speed: In excess of 3,000 mph (4,800 kmph).
Range: In excess of 100 nautical miles (115 statute miles, 184 km).
Guidance System: Semi-active and active radar homing.
Warhead: Proximity fuse, high explosive. Warhead Weight: 135 pounds (60.75 kg).
 
Last Update: 20 February 2009
 
 
Photo: An F-14 test fires a Phoenix air to air missile