U.S. Navy
Basic Point Defense Missile Systems

RIM-7 Sea Sparrow
or
RIM-46 Sea Mauler

References:
Designation-Systems.Net Entry on RIM-7
by Andreas Parsch
Designation-Systems.Net Entry on RIM-46 by Andreas Parsch

RIM-7E-5

Beginning of Service: 1967
Maximum Range: 14.9 to 22.3 km depending on target speed or altitude.
Minimum Altitude: 100 feet
Maximum Altitude: 50,000 feet

RIM-7F Sea Sparrow Block I

Minimum Altitude: Below 50 feet
Maximum Altitude: 50,000 feet

Note: This was designed to counter sea skimming missiles. Cancelled in favor of RIM-7M

RIM-7F Sea Sparrow Block II

Minimum Altitude: Below 50 feet
Maximum Altitude: 50,000 feet

Note: This was designed to counter sea skimming missiles. Would have added improved ECCM to Block I missiles. Cancelled in favor of RIM-7M

RIM-7H

Start of Production: 1973.

Notes: Improved RIM-7E with folding fins to fit into Mk 29 launchers. Used in NATO Sea Sparrow Missile System (NSSMS) Block I.

RIM-7M Sea Sparrow

Missile Length: 157”
Missile Diameter:
8”
Missile Finspan: 40”
Missile Weight: 503 lbs
Maximum Range: 22.2 km
Minimum Altitude: 25 feet
Maximum Altitude: 50,000 feet
Warhead: 88 lb HE-Fragmentation

RIM-7P Sea Sparrow

Notes: Ship Launched Equivalent of AIM-7P.

RIM-46A Sea Mauler

Missile Length: 72
Missile Diameter:
5”
Missile Finspan: 13”
Missile Weight: 120 lbs
Missile Speed: 1,000 m/sec (3,330 fps)
Missile Thrust: 8,350 lbs (37 kN)
Maximum Range: 8 km
Maximum Altitude: 20,000 feet (6,000 m)
Warhead: 19 lb HE-Fragmentation (8.6 kg)