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RIM-2 Terrier SAM

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The Convair RIM-2 Terrier was a two-stage medium-range naval surface-to-air missile (SAM), and was among the earliest surface-to-air missiles to equip United States Navy ships.

The Terrier was a development of the Bumblebee Project, the Navy's effort to develop a surface-to-air missile to provide a middle layer of defense against air attack (between carrier fighters and antiaircraft guns). It was test launched from USS Mississippi (AG-128) ex (BB-41), and operationally first deployed on the Boston class cruisers, USS Boston (CAG-1) and USS Canberra (CAG-2). Its designation was SAM-N-7 until 1963 when it was redesignated RIM-2.

Initially, the Terrier used radar beam-riding guidance, wing control, a conventional warhead, had a top speed of only Mach 1.8, and a range of only 10 nautical miles (19 km), it was useful only against subsonic targets. Before it was even in widespread service it was seeing major improvements. The RIM-2C, named the Terrier BT-3 (Beam-riding, Tail control, series 3) was introduced in 1958. The wings were replaced with fixed strakes, and the tail became the control surface. The BT-3 also had a new motor, and featured extended range, Mach 3 speed, and better maneuverability. The RIM-2D Terrier BT-3A(N) used a W45 1kt nuclear warhead, but all other variants used a 218 lb (99 kg) controlled-fragmentation warhead. The RIM-2E introduced semi-active radar homing, for greater effectiveness against low-flying targets. The final version, the RIM-2F, used a new motor which doubled effective range to 40nm.

The Terrier was the primary missile system of most US Navy cruisers built during the 1960s. It could be installed on much smaller ships than the much larger and longer-ranged RIM-8 Talos. A Terrier installation typically consisted of the Mk 10 twin-arm launcher with a 40-round rear-loading magazine, but some ships had extended magazines with 80 or 120 rounds, and the installation in the Boston and Canberra used a bottom-loading magazine of 72 rounds.

The Terrier was replaced by the extended range RIM-67 Standard Missile.

Weight: 3069 lb (1392 kg)
Lenght: 27 feet (8,23 meters)
Engine: solid fuel rocket
Range: 17,3 nm (32 kilometers)
Ceiling: 80000 feet (24400 meters)
Thrust: 23 kN
Speed: Mach 3


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RIM-2 Terrier SAM on a Mk-10 missile launcher aboard USS Fox (CG 33)

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RIM-2 Terrier SAM aboard USS Providence (CLG 6) - 1962

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RIM-2 Terrier SAM aboard USS King (DDG 41)

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RIM-2 Terrier SAM on a twin-arm launcher aboard USS Boston (CAG 1)

RIM-2 Terrier SAM was launched from USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - 1975

USS Farragut (DDG 37) fires a RIM-2 Terrier SAM - 1979

USS Boston (CAG 1) fires a RIM-2 Terrier SAM - 1956

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