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R-103A


Russian surface-to-air missile.

Standard warhead: 1.05 kg (2.31 lb). Maximum range: 17 km (11 mi). Boost Propulsion: Storable liquid rocket, D1-75/M-10, 13.9 kg propellant, Isp=205 s, 3.61 sec burn time, 52 atm Pc. Maximum speed: 4,495 kph (2,793 mph).

Gross mass: 31 kg (68 lb).
Payload: 1.05 kg (2.31 lb).
Height: 3.48 m (11.40 ft).
Diameter: 0.10 m (0.32 ft).
Span: 0.22 m (0.72 ft).
Thrust: 7.72 kN (1,735 lbf).

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  • R-103 Post-war Russian version of German Taifun anti-aircraft barrage rocket. Developed and tested in 1947-1951 but abandoned in favour of the R-110. More...
  • Russian SAMs and ABMs Perhaps no missiles ever produced had as much historical influence as the surface-to-air missiles of the Soviet Union. Originally conceived to provide a defence against the American bomber fleets of the early Cold War, they decisively affected the turn of events when they shot down American U-2 reconnaissance aircraft over Russia and Cuba. Soviet-provided missiles accounted for a hundred American aircraft over North Vietnam and set the terms of the air battle. A new generation of missiles presented a huge technological surprise and took an awful toll of Israeli aircraft in the 1973 war. To this day, Russian surface-to-air missiles provide the only defence available to most countries against American bombers, and Russian man-portable anti-aircraft missiles are a major part of the terrorist threat. More...
  • missile Guided self-propelled military weapon (as opposed to rocket, an unguided self-propelled weapon). More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Kostin Russian manufacturer of rockets. Kostin Design Bureau, Korolev, Russia. More...

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