The Australian Navy's new ANZAC Frigates
will be equipped the the Sea Sparrow Missile which is a highly maneuverable
air-to-air missile with surface-to-air capability. Primary use will
be surface-to-air anti-ship missile defence.
Sparrows are radar guided with high
explosive warheads. They have a cylindrical body with four wings at
mid-body and four tail fins. This versatile weapon has all weather,
all altitude operational capability and can attack high performance
aircraft and missiles from any direction.
Originally developed by Sperry and the
USN, Sparrows later versions were developed by Raytheon and General
Dynamics. Subsequent versions were dubbed the 'dog fight modification'
because of its increased maneuverability at short range made it better
suited for close-in visual engagements.
Power Plant - Hercules Mk 58 Solid Propellent
Speed - more than 2,600mph (4,256kph)
Range More than 30 Nautical Miles
Length - 12 Feet
Diameter - 8"
Wingspan - 3' 4"
Warhead - Annular Blast fragmentation warhead, 90 pounds
Launch Weight - Approx. 500 pounds
Guidance System - Semi Active or Continuous wave or pulsed Doppler
Cost - $US165,400.00
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