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M-51


Russian intercontinental cruise missile. Intercontinental cruise missile based on M-50 manned bomber. Subsonic cruise with Mach 2 dash into the target area.

The M-51 was an unpiloted version of the M-50 manned bomber. The drone would have delivered multiple warheads on targets in the continental United States. Cruise speed was subsonic, 800 km/hr, with 1950 km/hr supersonic dash speeds over the target areas. The enormous bomber had a wing area of 290.6 square meters.

Maximum range: 7,400 km (4,500 mi). Boost Propulsion:RD-7M Turbojet. Maximum speed: 1,950 kph (1,210 mph).

Status: Cancelled 1960.
Gross mass: 210,000 kg (460,000 lb).
Height: 59.20 m (194.20 ft).
Diameter: 8.25 m (27.06 ft).
Span: 35.10 m (115.10 ft).
Thrust: 313.00 kN (70,365 lbf).
Apogee: 17 km (10 mi).

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Soviet Strategic Cruise Missiles As in America, in the 1946 assessments of German military technology, the technical problems of the intercontinental ballistic missile seemed far less than a high-speed cruise missile for the same mission. The Soviet Union developed several such missiles, counterparts to the American Navaho. As in America, it turned out that the ICBM was ready before the cruise missiles were - the navigation and propulsion issues of Mach 3 intercontinental flight were much more difficult than those for Mach 22 ballistic flight. As in America, the projects were cancelled, although they contributed greatly to the national technological base. More...
  • missile Guided self-propelled military weapon (as opposed to rocket, an unguided self-propelled weapon). More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Myasishchev Russian manufacturer of rockets and spacecraft. Myasishchev Design Bureau, Russia. More...

Bibliography
  • Karpenko, A V, Utkin, A F and Popov,A D, Otechestvenniye strategischeskiye raketnoye kompleks, Sankt-Peterburg: Nevskii bastion; Gangut 1999..

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