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Blowpipe



Overview


Blowpipe

Canadian soldiers in NBC gear seen in the field with the Blowpipe manportable SAM system during an exercise in 1987.
Source: US DoD - © Public domain

Origin
United Kingdom
Type
Man portable SAM system
Entered service
1975
Status
Limited service
Development
Early 1960's - 1972
Developer
United Kingdom - Shorts Missile Systems
Production
1974 - 1993
Producer
United Kingdom - Shorts Missile Systems
Number produced
34.382 missiles produced, likely including Javelin and possibly Starburst
About 19.000 missiles by 1989 according to other sources
Notable users
United Kingdom
Canada
Ecuador
Argentina

Details


Facts Blowpipe
General
Origin
United Kingdom
Type
Surface to air missile
Dimensions
Length
1.35 m
Diameter
76 mm
Wingspan
275 mm
Weight
11 km missile only
14.5 kg missile in launch tube
6.2 kg aiming unit
Guidance
Guidance mode
Command to light of sight
Warhead
Type
High explosive fragmentation shaped charge warhead
Weight
2.2 kg
Fuse
Impact and proximity
Engagement envelope
Propulsion
Solid propellant rocket motor with booster stage
Speed
Mach 1
Range
3.5 km maximum
0.7 km minimum
Altitude
2.5 km maximum
10 m minimum

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