Firestreak -Britains first operational air-air missile.

Manufacturer and Designation  Hawker Siddley Dynamics
Function Air to Air
Attack speed
Maximum range 8km
Maximum altitude 55,000ft
Guidance Infra Red homing
Fuze type Infra Red & impact
Warhead type HE/Fragmentation
Warhead explosive content 8·75kg
Missile length 3·188m
Missile diameter 0·2225m
Wing span 0·7468m
Project start date
Service entry date 1958

Notes: Firestreak had to be launched within a 30° cone to the rear of the target. It was carried by RAF Lightnings and Javelins, and also Sea Vixens of the FAA. Successful intercepts at up to 70,000 feet could be made by Lightnings firing in a fast climb.

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