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GWS-26 Sea Wolf


Vertically Launched Sea Wolf


Overview


GWS-26 Sea Wolf

Vertically Launched Sea Wolf missile seen upon launch.
Source: Royal Navy - © Crown copyright

Origin
United Kingdom
Type
Naval SAM system
Entered service
1989
Status
In service
Development
1980's
Developer
United Kingdom - BAe Dynamics
Production
Late 1980's - ?
Producer
United Kingdom - BAe Dynamics / MBDA
Number produced
437 VL Sea Wolf missiles by 2010
Designations
VLSW / Vertically Launched Sea Wolf
Notable users
United Kingdom
Chile
Malaysia
Brunei

System composition


VL Sea Wolf missile

Sea Wolf missile with additional booster section. This missile is launched vertically and pointed into the target's direction using thrust vectoring. A Block 2 version of this missile was introduced in 2005. This uses some newer electronic components also used in ASRAAM missile.

Vertical launch system

The GWS-26 Sea Wolf uses a 32-cell vertical launch system in UK service. Some ships built for export sales feature a 16-cell launcher.

Type 911 tracker

The Type 911 fire control radar has a both an I-band and K-band radar. There also is a TV camera, which was updated to IR over time. When introduced in 1989 the F2420 fire control computer was used, which was replaced by more modern electronics in the 2008 mid life update.

Details


Facts Sea Wolf (VLSW)
General
Origin
United Kingdom
Type
Surface to air missile
Dimensions
Length
3.0 m
Diameter
0.18 m
Wingspan
0.55 m
Weight
140 kg
Guidance
Guidance mode
Automatic Command to Line of Sight
Radio command guidance
Warhead
Type
High explosive fragmentation
Weight
14 kg
Fuse
Proximity
Engagement envelope
Propulsion
Solid propellant rocket motor
Cadiz ooster motor with thrust vectoring
Speed
Up to Mach 3 peak
Mach 2 average
Range
10 km maximum
1.2 km minimum
Altitude
4.5 km maximum
10 m minimum

Media


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