Outline Comparative Performance of SAGW Systems as seen in 1960

This table compares the performance of the UK Surface to Air Guided Weapons in service or development in 1960.

Source of the data is PRO document AIR 20/10625.

NB Data on Blue Envoy is speculative and included here for comparative purposes only. This data was not included in the original document
 

Weapon System

Min altitude (ft)

Max altitude (ft)

Impact range (in miles) against aircraft @ M2, 60Kft, No ECM 

Impact Range (in miles) against aircraft @ M2, 60Kft, ECM (in miles)

Date in service

Bloodhound I, pulse homing

10000

50000

No capability

No capability

Now

Bloodhound II, continuous wave

Radar horizon

60000

35+

21

End 1962

Bloodhound III, command guidance, nuclear warhead

Radar horizon

70000

70+

46

End 1963

Blue Envoy, continuous wave / command guidance, nuclear warhead

Radar horizon

70000

120+ (est)

90+ (est)

Cancelled 1957

Thunderbird I, pulse homing

10000

40000

No capability

No capability

Now

Yellow Temple, continuous wave

Radar horizon

60000

20 - 25

Doubtful capability

End 1963

VR.725, continuous wave

Radar horizon

50000

18 - 20

Doubtful capability

End 1963

Seaslug I, beam rider

Radar horizon

50000

No capability

No capability

Now

Seaslug II, beam rider, nuclear warhead

Radar horizon

50000+

18

12

1965


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