S-24 rocket

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A S-24 on display at MAKS Airshow 2009.

The S-24 is a rocket weapon designed and used by the Soviet Air Force. It remains in use by the Russian Air Force. The name is based on the diameter of the rocket, 24 cm (9.4 in).

The Soviet Union was an early, enthusiastic user of rocket weapons, employing them as early as the 1930s. The S-24/S-24B is a very large, powerful unguided weapon and one of a handful of successors to the earlier World War II-era BETAB-750DS rockets,.[1]

The S-24 is 2.33 metres (7 ft 8 in) long, with a launch weight of 235 kg (520 lb). It has a 123 kg (271 lb) blast-fragmentation warhead. Its range is about 2–3 kilometres (1.2–1.9 mi). The S-24 is carried individually on weapon pylons, rather than in pods.

The rocket is also license produced in Iran under the name of Shafaq.[2][3]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Modeling the VVS: VVS Rockets, Bombs, Ord". vvs.hobbyvista.com. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  2. ^ http://www.iranwatch.org/suspect/records/aerospace-industries-organization-%28aio%29.html Archived January 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ http://www.modlex.ir/cgi-bin/store.pl/page=product.html/pid=MXF05-000310
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