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Bendix SAM-N-9/RIM-55 Typhon MR

The SAM-N-9 Typhon MR was the medium-range missile component of the Typhon system. For general information about the Typhon program, see the page about the SAM-N-8/RIM-50 Typhon LR.

Typhon MR didn't progress beyond the design stage. It was intended to use a modified RIM-24 Tartar airframe, but as far as I'm aware, no actual Typhon MR missiles were built. Maximum line-of-sight range of the SAM-N-9 was to be 46 km (25 nm) at 15000 m (50000 ft), and minimum effective range and altitude were 2700 m (3000 yds) and 15 m (50 ft), respectively.

The whole Typhon program was cancelled in December 1963, shortly after the new designation RIM-55A had been assigned to Typhon MR.


Note: Data given by several sources show slight variations. Figures given below may therefore be inaccurate!

Data for RIM-55A (for missile based on Tartar airframe):

Length4.72 m (15 ft 6 in)
Wingspan0.61 m (24 in)
Finspan1.07 m (42.3 in)
Diameter0.34 m (13.5 in)
Weight770 kg (1700 lb)
SpeedMach 4.0
Ceiling27400 m (90000 ft)
Range75 km (40 nm)
PropulsionSolid-fueled rocket motor
Warhead68 kg (150 lb) HE warhead

Main Sources

[1] Norman Friedman: "US Naval Weapons", Conway Maritime Press, 1983
[2] Bill Gunston: "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rockets and Missiles", Salamander Books Ltd, 1979

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