U.S. Navy 4T Missile Family
(Terrier, Talos, Tartar, Typhon)

References:
Designation-Systems.Net Entry on the RIM-2 by Andreas Parsch
Designation-Systems.Net Entry on the RIM-8 by Andreas Parsch
Designation-Systems.Net Entry on the RIM-24 by Andreas Parsch
Designation-Systems.Net Entry on the RIM-50 by Andreas Parsch
Designation-Systems.Net Entry on the RIM-55 by Andreas Parsch
Characteristics of Tactical, Strategic, and Research Missiles, 22 April 1957 (4.47 MB)
Typhon: A Weapon System Ahead of It's Time - Naval Engineer's Journal, July 1997
The Encyclopedia of World Sea Power by Chris Bishop

RIM-2A Terrier (SAM-N-7 BW-0)

Minimum Range: 5,000 yds (2.46 nm, or 4.57 km)
Maximum Range: 20,000 yds (9.87 nm, or 18.28 km)
Minimum Altitude: 5,000 ft
Maximum Altitude: 50,000 ft

RIM-2B Terrier (SAM-N-7 BW-1)

Missile Length: 183
Missile Diameter:
13.5”
Missile Finspan: 40.5”
Missile Weight: 1,100 lbs
Missile Thrust: 2,350 lbs for 20 seconds

Booster Length: 146”
Booster Diameter: 16.4”
Booster Finspan: 47.3”
Booster Weight: 1,300 lbs
Booster Thrust: 59,000 lbf for 2.5 seconds

Total Missile Length: 323”
Total Missile Weight: 2,400 lbs

Minimum Range: 5,000 yds (2.46 nm, or 4.57 km)
Maximum Range: 20,000 yds (9.87 nm, or 18.28 km)
Minimum Altitude: 5,000 ft
Maximum Altitude: 50,000 ft
Warhead: 220 lbs

RIM-2C Terrier (SAM-N-7 BT-3)

RIM-2D Terrier (SAM-N-7 BT-3A / BT-3A(N))

Missile Length: 162
Missile Diameter:
13.5”
Missile Finspan: 42.3”
Missile Weight: 1,180 lbs
Missile Thrust: 2,200 lbs for 28.5 seconds

Booster Length: 146”
Booster Diameter: 16.4”
Booster Finspan: 47.3”
Booster Weight: 1,820 lbs
Booster Thrust: 59,000 lbf for 2.5 seconds

Total Missile Length: 308”
Total Missile Weight: 3,000 lbs

Maximum Range: 40,000 yds (19.74 nm or 36.57 km)
Minimum Altitude: 500 ft
Maximum Altitude: 80,000 ft
Warhead: 211 lb Continuous Rod or W45 1 kt warhead on (N) version.

RIM-2E Terrier (SAM-N-7 HT-3)

RIM-2F Terrier

Maximum Range: 40 nm (75 km)
Maximum Altitude: 80,000 ft
Warhead: 211 lb Continuous Rod

RIM-8A TALOS (SAM-N-6b)

Start of Service: 1959

Missile Length: 236”
Missile Diameter: 28”
Missile Weight: 2,875 lbs

Booster Length: 120”
Booster Diameter: 30”
Booster Weight: 3,950 lbs
Booster Thrust: 111,000 lbf for 4.1 seconds

Total Missile Length: 356”
Total Missile Weight: 6,825 lbs

Maximum Speed: 2,000 ft/sec
Manouvering Capability (Sea Level): 12 G
Manouvering Capability (60,000 ft): 3 G
Maximum Altitude: 60,000 feet
Minimum Range: 10,000 yds
Maximum Range: 50 nm (100,000 yds)
Warhead: 420 lbs

RIM-8B TALOS (SAM-N-6bW)

Missile Length: 249”
Missile Weight: 3,100 lbs
Maximum Speed: 2,000 ft/sec velocity
Manouvering Capability (Sea Level): 9 G
Manouvering Capability (60,000 ft): 2 G
Maximum Altitude: 60,000 feet
Maximum Range: 50 nm
Warhead: W30 2-5 kt

Notes: Nuclear version of RIM-8A.

RIM-8C TALOS (SAM-N-6b1)

Start of Service: 1960

Missile Length: 254”
Missile Weight: 3,200 lbs
Maximum Speed: 2,100-2,400 ft/sec
Manouvering Capability (Sea Level): 12 G
Manouvering Capability (60,000 ft): 4 G
Maximum Altitude: 70,000 feet
Maximum Range: 100 nm

RIM-8D TALOS (SAM-N-6bW1)

Missile Length: 254”
Missile Weight: 3,200 lbs
Maximum Speed: 2,100-2,400 ft/sec
Manouvering Capability (Sea Level): 12 G
Manouvering Capability (60,000 ft): 3 G
Maximum Altitude: 70,000 feet
Maximum Range: 100 nm

Notes: Nuclear version of RIM-8C.

RIM-8E TALOS (SAM-N-6c1)

Start of Service: 1962

Notes: Was the “Unified” version, allowing exchanges between a conventional and nuclear warhead in the same missile, instead of having to stow separate conventional and nuclear missiles. Also had a new continuous wave seeker for terminal homing.

RIM-8F Talos (SAM-N-6b1 (CW))

Notes: RIM-8Cs fitted with the CW seeker of the RIM-8E.

RIM-8G Talos

Start of Service: 1966

Maximum Altitude: 80,000 feet (24,400m)
Maximum Range: 100 nm

RIM-8J Talos

Start of Service: 1968

Maximum Altitude: 80,000 feet (24,400m)
Maximum Range: 100 nm

RIM-24A Tartar

Start of Service: 1963

Missile Length: 181”
Missile Diameter: 13.5”
Missile Weight: 1,280 lbs (580 kg)

Minimum Range: 2,000 yds (1 nm or 1.8 km)
Maximum Range: 7.5 nm (14 km)
Minimum Altitude: 50 ft (15m)
Maximum Altitude: 55,000 ft
Warhead: 130 lb Continuous Rod

RIM-24B Improved Tartar

Start of Production: 1961
End of Production: 1963

Missile Length: 186”
Missile Diameter: 13.5”
Missile Finspan: 24”
Missile Weight: 1,310 lbs (590 kg)

Minimum Range: 2,000 yds (1 nm or 1.8 km)
Maximum Range: 32.5 km
Minimum Altitude: 50 ft (15m)
Maximum Altitude: 70,000 ft
Warhead: 130 lb Continuous Rod

RIM-24C Tartar TRIP

Missile Length: 186”
Missile Diameter: 13.5”
Minimum Range: 2,000 yds (1 nm or 1.8 km)
Maximum Range: 17.5 nm (32 km)
Minimum Altitude: 50 ft (15m)
Maximum Altitude: 65,000 ft (20,000m)
Warhead: 130 lb Continuous Rod

RIM-50A Typhon LR (SAM-N-8)

Missile Length: 185”
Missile Diameter: 16”
Missile Finspan: 40”
Missile Weight: 1,700 lbs

Booster Length: 146”
Booster Diameter: 18.5”
Booster Finspan: 62”
Booster Weight: 1,920 lbs (870 kg)

Total Length: 331”
Total Weight: 3,620 lbs

Minimum Range: 6,000 yards (5.5 km)
Maximum Range: 200+ nautical miles
Minimum Altitude: 50 feet (15m)
Maximum Altitude: 100,000 ft
Guidance Type: Track-Via-Missile
Warhead: 150 lb warhead or W60 nuclear warhead

Notes: Was previously named “Super-Talos”. Like the original Talos before it, it was powered by a ramjet sustainer. Could be fired from existing Mk 10 GMLS.

RIM-55A Typhon MR (SAM-N-9)

Missile Length: 180”
Missile Diameter:
13.5”

Maximum Range: 40+ nautical miles
Minimum Range
: 3,000 yards (2.7 km)
Minimum Altitude: 50 feet (15m)
Maximum Altitude: 80,000 ft (27,400m)
Guidance Type: Track-Via-Missile
Warhead: 150 lb warhead or W60 nuclear warhead

Notes: Was previously named “Super-Tartar”. Was to have been built on a modified RIM-24 airframe, due to constraints on it having to fit within the existing Mk 13 Tartar GMLS with minimal modifications.