United Kingdom Aerospace and Weapons Projects

Solid Rocket Motors

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

Name

Description

Remarks

Particulars

Albatross

Sustainer motor for Thunderbird.

Made by Bristol Aerojet designed by PERME (Propellant and Explosives Research and Manufacturing Establishment).

N/A

Bantam

Sustainer motor for Skua

Made by Bristol Aerojet. Designed by PERME.

Rated at

L = 4.8ft (1.4m), W = 524lb (238Kg) Ø = 4.9in (12.5cm)

Basset

Boost / Sustainer motor for Fairey Project 12 (Swingfire Test Vehicle).

Designed by IMI/SRS (Imperial Metal Industries / Summerfield Research Station).

Rated at

Bayard

Boost / sustainer motor for ALARM

Made by Bristol Aerojet

N/A

Blackbird

Solid rocket booster

Used to boost Blue Sky AAM in trials

N/A

Blackcap

Boost rocket motor for Seawolf.

Made by Bristol Aerojet designed by PERME. Entered service.

N/A

Borzoi

Boost rocket motor for Blue Envoy.

Large boost rocket used for Blue Envoy related XTV and XBE trials. Two Bulldog boost motors in tandem. Also referred to as a test vehicle.

N/A

Brambling

Rocket motor for Starstreak SAM.

First stage boost motor. Made by Royal Ordnance.

N/A

Bulldog

Boost rocket motor for ramjet test vehicles

Used on the Bristol XTV.9, XBE and BET.9 for Blue Envoy development. Two used in tandem to produce Borzoi. Designed by SRS.

L = 10.7ft (3.26m), W = 1125lb (510.4Kg) Ø = 17.4in (44.2cm).

Bullpup

Boost rocket motor for ramjet test vehicles

Used on the Bristol CRRTV. Designed by SRS.

L = 9.8ft (3m), W = 556lb (252.3Kg) Ø = 12.5in (31.8cm).

Buzzard

Solid rocket motor for Red Dean.

Cancelled with Red Dean. Made by Bristol Aerojet. Designed by PERME.

L = 8.3ft (2.5m), W = 218lb (99Kg) Ø = 10in (25cm). Rated at 6750lb (30KN).

Cadiz

Solid rocket motor.

Designed by IMI

N/A

Chick

Booster for Petrel (x3) and Skua (x1 or 4).

Made by Bristol Aerojet designed by PERME.

Rated at 4520lb (20KN). L = 1.8ft (0.55m), Ø = 2.7in (68cm)

Chow

Booster motor for Sea Dart.

Made by Bristol Aerojet designed by SRS. Entered service.

N/A

Crake

Sustainer motor for Blowpipe.

Made by Bristol Aerojet designed by PERME. Entered service.

N/A

Cuckoo

Solid rocket motor for Skylark (CTV-5 Series 3) and Blue Water.

Also used to boost re-entry vehicle speed on Black Knight. Made by Bristol Aerojet designed by PERME.

L = 1.4ft (0.48m), W = 524lb (238Kg) Ø = 17in (42.7cm) Rated at 3750lb (16.7KN). Cuckoo II was rated at 1700lb (7.6KN).

Deacon

Boost Rocket Motor

Used in early SAGW test vehicle trial, e.g. Bristol JTV. Essentially a Demon with US propellant.

L = 9.25ft (2.8m), W = 196lb (30.1Kg) Ø = 7.3in (18.4cm)

Deerhound

Sustainer motor for Sea Slug.

Made by Bristol Aerojet designed by SRS.

N/A

Demon

Boosters for GPV and Bristol XTV.

Four pairs fitted to GPV.

L = 9.25ft (2.8m), W = 196lb (30.1Kg) Ø = 7.3in (18.4cm)

Elkhound

Sustainer motor for Red Shoes.

Made by Bristol Aerojet designed by SRS.

L = 10.3ft (3.15m), W = 855lb (387.9Kg) Ø = 17.9in (45.4cm).

Falcon

Solid rocket boost motor for Red Dean.

Cancelled with Red Dean.

L = 8.25ft (2.5m), W = 231lb (104.8Kg) Ø = 10.75in (27.3cm) Rated at 14000lb (62.3KN).

Foxhound

Sustainer motor for Sea Slug.

Made by Bristol Aerojet designed by SRS. Replaced the NK.1 liquid fuelled motor.

L = 9ft (2.74m), W = 1260lb (571.7Kg) Ø = 16in (40.6cm).

Goldfinch

Booster motor for Jaguar and Jabiru test vehicles.

Made by Bristol Aerojet designed by PERME.

N/A

Gosling

Solid boost rocket motors for Bloodhound.

Made by Bristol Aerojet designed by PERME. Entered service. Versions I to IV.

L = 11ft (3.35m), W = 493lb (223.7Kg) Ø = 11.1in (28.1cm) Rated at 25000lb (111.2KN).

Heron

Booster for Fulmar test vehicle.

Entered service.

Rated at 24000lb (107KN)

Hoopoe

Sustainer motor for Sky Flash.

Anglicised AIM-7 Sparrow motor. Made by Bristol Aerojet.

N/A

Imp

Solid rocket motor. Three types in the series.

Very small unit used for flutter testing in manned aircraft

L = 0.28ft (0.08m), W = 0.37lb (0.17Kg) Ø = 1in (2.5cm) Rated at 200lb

Jackdaw

Solid rocket boost motor for 2/5 scale Blue Steel model

Used to flight test Blue Steel aerodynamics. Had two exhausts from a single chamber.

Rated at 1480lb (6.6KN). L = 6.6ft (2m), W = 310lb (140.6Kg) Ø = 15.25in (38cm)

Kestrel

Solid rocket motor for 54in Black Knight.

Used to boost RV during trials.

Rated at 5400lb (24KN).

Ladybird

Solid rocket motor

Developed by RPD.

L = 3.3ft (1m), W = 95lb (43.1Kg) Ø = 8.2in (20.6cm) Rated at 1600lb (7.1KN).

LAP.1

Solid boost rocket motors for early SAGW trials

Light Alloy case with Plastic propellant. Replaced cordite-based motors.

L = 64.7in (164cm), W = 66.5lb (30.1Kg) Ø = 5in (12.7cm)

LAP.2

Solid boost rocket motors for early SAGW trials

Light Alloy case with Plastic propellant. Replaced cordite-based motors.

L = 63.5in (161.3cm), W = 71.5lb (32.5Kg) Ø = 5in (12.7cm)

Lapwing

Boost rocket motor for Petrel test vehicle.

Made by Bristol Aerojet

Rated at 1010lb (4.5KN) L = 6ft (1.8m) Ø = 7in (17.8cm)

Linnet

Solid rocket boost motor for Red Top.

Entered service on Red Top.

L = 6.5ft (1.98m), W = 115lb (52.2Kg) Ø = 8in (20cm) Rated at 6510lb (28.9KN).

Lobster I

Solid rocket motor

3rd stage booster for Jaguar / HRV / Jabiru .

L = 5.8ft (1.77m), W = 71lb (32.1Kg) Ø = 5.6in (14cm) Rated at 7200lb (32KN).

Lobster II

Solid rocket motor

3rd stage booster for Jaguar / HRV / Jabiru.

L = 3.6ft (1m), W = 46lb (20.9Kg) Ø = 5.6in (14cm) Rated at 6900lb (30.7KN).

Magpie

Boost rocket motor for early GW trials.

First steel cased motor. Used cordite propellant. A longer version was the Mayfly. Related to Firestreak motor.

L = 3.25ft (0.99m), W = 90lb (40.8Kg) Ø = 8.6in (21.8cm)

Magpie

Rocket motor for Firestreak.

Made by Bristol Aerojet designed by PERME. Entered service.

L = 3ft (0.91m), W = 98lb (44.5Kg) Ø = 18.8in (47.8cm) Rated at 6600lb (29.4KN).

Matapan

Possible sustainer motor for Sea Skua.

Sea Skua entered service.

N/A

Mayfly

Rocket motor for CTV.5 series 2.

Longer version of the Magpie. Also used to boost Red Rapier, Red Duster, Red Shoes and early XTV.

L = 10.3ft (3.14m), W = 393lb (178.3Kg) Ø = 9.8in (25cm) Rated at 14000lb (62.3KN).

Nuthatch

Rocket motor on ALARM.

Replaced by Bayer Chemie motor in service. Made by Bristol Aerojet designed by PERME.

N/A

Pointer

Boost/Sustain motor for Swingfire.

Designed by IMI/SRS. Entered service.

N/A

Ratcatcher

Solid rocket sustainer motor for Red Shoes.

Designed and built by English Electric.

L = 10.2ft (3.1m), W = 785lb (356.2Kg) Ø = 17.5in (44.5cm).

Raven

Booster used on Skylark.

Slow burning, so gave gentler acceleration. Made by Bristol Aerojet designed by PERME.

L = 16.8ft (5.1m), W = 2591lb (1175.6Kg) Ø = 22.6in (45.2cm) Rated at 13000lb (57.8KN)

Retriever

Boost motor for Sea Slug.

Made by Bristol Aerojet designed by SRS. Essentially a Gosling with IMI propellant and a new nozzle.

N/A

Rook

Booster rocket used on RAE test vehicles. Faster burning version of Raven.

Made by Bristol Aerojet. Started off boosting models of supersonic aircraft at Aberporth.

L = 17.3ft (5.1m), W = 2290lb (1039Kg) Ø = 17.9in (45cm) Rated at 62000lb (275.8KN).

Scarab

Solid rocket motor

Developed by RPD. Intended for JATO on Valiant.

L = 5.4ft (1.6m), W = 172lb (78Kg) Ø = 8.2in (20.6cm) Rated at 3350lb (14.9KN).

Sealyham

Rocket motor on Seacat.

Made by Bristol Aerojet designed by SRS. Entered service.

N/A

Siskin

Solid rocket motor.

Fitted to Black Arrow to maintain positive G in fuel tanks.

L = 1.9ft (0.6m), Ø = 5.6in (14.1cm)

Smokey Joe

Sustainer motor for Red Shoes.

Replaced by Albatross. A cut down version was used on Green Cheese Anti-ship Missile

L = 10.2ft (3.1m), W = 895lb (406.1Kg) Ø = 17.85in (45.3cm).

Snipe

Sustainer for Fulmar test vehicle.

Entered service.

Rated at 3750lb (16.7KN)

L = 7.25ft (2.2m), Ø = 10.2in (26cm)

Stonechat

Rocket motor for Falstaff.

Made by Bristol Aerojet designed by PERME.

N/A

Stork

Solid rocket motor

Early boost rocket for GW trials

L = 54in (137cm) Ø = 6.1in (15.5cm)

Swallow

Sustainer motors for Stooge (q.v.).

Made by Bristol Aerojet designed by PERME.

N/A

Thrush

Solid rocket booster

Used to boost Blue Sky AAM in trials

N/A

Titus

Rocket motor for Starstreak SAM.

Second stage motor. Made by Royal Ordnance.

N/A

Troy

Rocket motor for Rapier.

Made by Bristol Aerojet designed by SRS.

N/A

Wagtail

Solid rocket motor.

Designed by PERME

N/A

Waterbaby

4.3in rocket motor.

Used to boost Red Rapier in trials. Proposed to boost early SR.53.

N/A

Waxwing

Spherical solid rocket motor.

Apogee kick motor used for injecting the satellite into orbit. Made by Bristol Aerojet designed by PERME. Entered service.

Rated at 35000lb (155.7KN).

Wolfhound

Sustainer motor for Red Shoes.

Made by Bristol Aerojet designed by SRS.

L = 10.25ft (3.12m), W = 950lb (431Kg) Ø = 17.34in (44cm).

Woodpecker

Boost/Sustain motor for Orange William.

Designed by BAJ. Cancelled.

N/A