United Kingdom Aerospace and Weapons Projects

The Alpha-Numeric Codenames

011103 L = length, S = span, W = weight, R = range, Ø = diameter

Name

Description

Remarks

Particulars

Category

AJ.168

TV Martel (q.v.).

Entered service on Blackburn Buccaneer.

L = 12.7ft (3.87m) W = 1213lb (550Kg) R = 37.2miles (60Km)

Guided Weapon

AW.591

Search radar

For Sea King

N/A

Radar / EW

BL.755

Cluster bomb.

Carries 147 bomblets. Entered service in 1972. To be replaced with Brimstone.

L = 8ft (2.44m) W=600lb (272kg)

Miscellaneous

CF.299

Sea Dart naval SAM.

Entered service.

L = 14ft (5.25m) W = 1210lb (549Kg) R = 50miles (80Km)

Guided Weapon

CL.137

Sub-Martel (q.v.).

Cancelled. Sub-Harpoon acquired.

N/A

Guided Weapon

CL.834

Sea Skua.

Helicopter launched ASM. Entered service.

L = 9.35ft (2.85m) W = 325lb (147Kg) R = 9miles (14.5Km)

Guided Weapon

CQ.941

Test vehicle for Chevaline.

Also known as Falstaff. Used a Stonechat motor. Biggest solid motor built in the UK. Used for hypersonic research with Oberon test vehicle.

N/A

Test Vehicle

DN.181

Blindfire radar for Rapier.

Entered service.

N/A

Radar / EW

ET.316

Rapier low-level SAM.

Entered service.

L = 7.4ft (2.24m) W = 94lb (42.6Kg) R = 4.5miles (7.25Km)

Guided weapon

ET.317

Chevaline warhead.

Fitted to Polaris A3TK missiles of the Royal Navy.

Yield = 40Kt

Nuclear Weapon

GL.161

Computer for AN/TPS-34 radar.

Used by RAF

N/A

Miscellaneous

HB.876

Submunition for JP.233.

Entered service but banned under the Ottawa Protocol.

N/A

Miscellaneous

JP.233

Anti-runway weapon.

Entered service on Panavia Tornado. Withdrawn due to being deemed to dangerous to deliver. Aircraft has to overfly target at low level. High losses in 1991 Gulf War.

N/A

Guided weapon

KH.793

Possible designation of Chevaline warhead.

Also known as Super Antelope. Antelope was a US penaid carrier.

N/A

Nuclear Weapon

NP.169

Swingfire guidance system

Provision of equipment to provide SACLOS (semi-automatic command to line of sight) system for Swingfire. Not proceeded with and cancelled circa 1967.

N/A

Miscellaneous

OL.535

A medium range anti-tank system intended as replacement for Vigilant.

Cancelled in favour of building Euromissile Milan under licence.

N/A

Guided weapon

PT.428

Advanced SAM system to follow on from Red Queen.

Fully mobile and contained in one vehicle, it was to have had complete night and blindfire capability. Leading to ET.316 and Rapier. Was under development by BAC in 1962. MoD abandoned it as too difficult.

N/A

Guided Weapon

PX.430

Development designation for Seawolf.

See XPX.430.

L = 6.25ft (1.9m) W = 180lb (82Kg) R = 4miles (6.4Km)

Guided Weapon

QC.434

1970 dogfight AAM.

Ultimately led to ASRAAM.

N/A

Guided Weapon

QF.169

Revised codename for Bloodhound II.

Entered service with RAF.

L = 25.4ft (7.75m) S = 9.3ft (2.83m) Ø = 1.8ft (0.55m) W = 5000lb (2270Kg) R = 50miles (80Km)

Guided Weapon

RE.179

UK designation for Skybolt warhead.

Based on the US Mk.47 warhead as used on Polaris A1. Became Big Brother.

Yield = 400Kt

Nuclear Weapon

RO.106

Designation of Tony nuclear warhead.

Used post 1959.

N/A

Nuclear weapon

RO.166

Development designation of command guidance Bloodhound III.

Also known as Red Duster Series3B. Not proceeded with.

L = 25.4ft (7.75m) S = 9.3ft (2.83m) Ø = 1.8ft (0.55m) W = 5000lb (2270Kg) R = 75miles (120Km)

Guided weapon

SG.357

Anti-Runway submunition for JP.233.

Withdrawn under Ottawa Protocol.

N/A

Miscellaneous

TD.127

Replacement for WE.177.

Nuclear weapon to SR(A)1244.

N/A

Nuclear Weapon

VJ.291

Hunting Engineering guided anti-armour cluster bomb to AST.1227. Targeting info provided from aircraft navigation system allowing stand-off attacks on targets offset from aircraft track.

Had folding cruciform wings at rear & nose mounted cruciform canards. Carried dual-purpose submunitions dispensed centrifugally - each had a sensor that detonated it on impact with a vehicle.

If submunition landed on the ground it functioned as a 'minelet'. Cancelled in 1981.

Guided weapon

VR.725

Later designation for English Electric Yellow Temple / Green Flax Stage 1 SAGW.

Provided improved capability when used with Green Ginger. Became English Electric Thunderbird II.

L = 20.8ft (6.35m) S = 5.3ft (1.6m) Ø = 20.75in (52.7cm) R = 46miles (75Km)

Guided Weapon

WE.177A

Variable yield tactical nuclear gravity bomb.

Fission weapon derived from Cleo. Withdrawn from Service by August 1998.

L= 9.3ft (2.8m) Ø = 16.5in (42cm) Type A weighed 600lb (272Kg, Estimated yield 20 - 200Kt.

Nuclear Weapon

WE.177B

Parachute retarded gravity bomb for the V-force.

Thermonuclear weapon derived from the RE.179 warhead intended for the UK Skybolt. Withdrawn from Service by August 1998.

L=11.1ft (3.4m) Ø = 16.5in (42cm) Type B weighed 950lb (431Kg), Estimated yield - 400Kt.

Nuclear Weapon

WE.177C

Low weight, low yield gravity bomb and depth charge.

Variable yield fission weapon. This was a nuclear depth charge for the Royal Navy. Withdrawn from Service by June 1992. Possibly shorter and rocket boosted for helicopter use.

L= 9.3ft (2.8m). Ø = 16.5in (42cm) Type C weighed 600lb (272Kg), Estimated yield 0.5 - 10Kt

Nuclear Weapon

WE.565

Development study into AAM configurations.

Leading to Taildog / ASRAAM.

N/A

Guided weapon

WE.566

Development study into AAM guidance methods.

Possibly part of Taildog / ASRAAM development.

N/A

Guided weapon

XJ.521

Development designation of Sky Flash.

Entered service.

L = 12.1ft (3.68m), W = 425lb (193Kg) R = 31miles (50Km)

Guided Weapon

XN.715

Fuse for WE.177.

Designed by Thorn-EMI

N/A

Nuclear Weapon

XPX.430

Bigger PX.430 Naval SAM.

Longer range and bigger warhead.

N/A

Guided Weapon