Fairey developed Stooge as a counter to the Kamikaze, which were wreaking havoc amongst the Allied fleets in the Pacific. Had the war continued, it was hoped that Stooge would succeed where massed ack-ack had failed in countering the Kamikaze.
Like similar anti-aircraft guided weapons of the time it was subsonic and utilised aircraft-type controls, an aspect of guided weapons that would soon fall from favour. Boosted by a quartet of Swallow rocket motors, Stooge was to be launched from Royal Navy ships.
Guided Weapons or Rockets