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Also Known As: GWS-30 and Sea Dart
Origin: United Kingdom
Parent System: SeaDart
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1973
Total Production: ?
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Description: The Sea Dart is a medium range surface-to-air missile powered by ramjet and a solid fuel booster rocket. It is intended against aerodynamic threats such as aircraft and cruise missiles flying at a maximum range of 80 km.
The Sea Dart booster accelerates the missile to Mach 2 before it leaves the launch arm. Once launched it depends on the semi-active radar guidance system and ship-mounted illuminators to reach its target.
It was introduced in 1973 being installed into Type 42 and Type 81 destroyers and Invincible-class aircraft carriers. During the Falklands conflict British claimed 7 kills by Sea Dart missiles. In the Gulf war Sea Dart killed an Iraqi anti-ship missile heading for an American cruiser (Missouri?).
Currently the Type 42 destroyers are the sole ships being equipped with Sea Dart missiles. Sea Dart emerged in the 1970s as the replacement for British Sea Slug missiles.
Diameter: 310 millimeter (12.2 inch)
Length: 4.40 meter (173 inch)
Wingspan: 910 millimeter (35.8 inch)
Max Range: 80,000 meter (43 nautical mile)
Top Speed: 1,162 mps (4,184 kph)
Warhead: 22 kilogram (49 pound)
Weight: 550 kilogram (1,213 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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