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HIBEX
Part of Sprint ABM Family
American anti-ballistic missile. Hibex was a 5.2 m long test vehicle used by the Army in a series of research experiments investigating high performance missile boosters. During mid-1960's experimental flights at White Sands, Hibex was fired successfully from underground cells and above-ground launch sites.

Status: Retired 1966. First Launch: 1965-02-25. Last Launch: 1966-01-13. Number: 7 . Gross mass: 6,000 kg (13,200 lb). Height: 5.20 m (17.00 ft). Diameter: 1.22 m (4.00 ft). Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

The HIBEX program was part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency's Project Defender, a study of ballistic missile defense systems. HIBEX was designed for low level intercept of entry vehicles below 3 km altitude within 2 seconds of launch. Hibex' neutron-generating warhead would disable the fissile core of the incoming enemy re-entry vehicle. It would also kill all living things within a 5 km radius of detonation. This concept was further developed into the production Sprint missile for close-in anti-ballistic missile defense. Launch data is: incomplete.


More at: HIBEX.

Family: anti-ballistic. Country: USA. Launch Sites: White Sands, White Sands LC50. Stages: HIBEX engine. Agency: Boeing. Bibliography: 2.

1965 February 25 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Sprint ABM. Launch Vehicle: HIBEX.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DARPA, US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1965 May 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Sprint ABM. Launch Vehicle: HIBEX.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DARPA, US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1965 July 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Sprint ABM. Launch Vehicle: HIBEX.
1965 September 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Sprint ABM. Launch Vehicle: HIBEX.
1965 October 28 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. LV Family: Sprint ABM. Launch Vehicle: HIBEX.
  • HIBEX test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi).

1965 December 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Sprint ABM. Launch Vehicle: HIBEX.
1966 January 13 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Sprint ABM. Launch Vehicle: HIBEX.

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