SAGW 2 Thunderbird (surface-to-air guided missile)

Catalogue number
  • MUN 3841
Department
Exhibits
Materials
  • whole: metal
Dimensions
  • Missile: Length 641 cm
  • whole: Weight 4780 kg, Width 164 cm
Alternative names
  • full name: SAGW 2 Thunderbird (surface-to-air guided missile)
  • simple name: missile : British
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Category
Weapons and ammunition

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The British Aircraft Corporation Thunderbird, a highly mobile surface-to-air guided missile designed to engage fast high flying aircraft, was first introduced into service with the British Army in 1960. It was superceded by the Thunderbird 2, which entered service with the Heavy Air Defence Regiments of the Royal Artillery in 1965-66. Thunderbird 2 had an improved guidance system and was capable of engaging targets at much lower altitudes, but was withdrawn from service in the 1980s, when it was replaced by the Rapier anti-aircraft missile.

Physical description

missile, trailer/launcher This is an example of the British Thunderbird 2 surface-to-air guided missile, displayed on its transporter/launcher. The missile itself is 6.4m long, with a wingspan of 1.6m, and would have had a service range in excess of 45 miles.

History note

The British Aircraft Corporation Thunderbird, a highly mobile surface-to-air guided missile designed to engage fast high flying aircraft, was first introduced into service with the British Army in 1960. It was superceded by the Thunderbird 2, which entered service with the Heavy Air Defence Regiments of the Royal Artillery in 1965-66. Thunderbird 2 had an improved guidance system and was capable of engaging targets at much lower altitudes, but was withdrawn from service in the 1980s, when it was replaced by the Rapier anti-aircraft missile.

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