The Estes Cruise Missile model rocket is a semi-scale rendition of the AGM-86C/D cruise missile used successfuly by the U.S. Air Force in Operation Desert Storm (see historical note below).
Built around inexpensive 13mm model rocket engines, the Estes Cruise Missile is fully ready-to-fly and feels equally at home in the backyard or defending the model airspace of your child's imagination.
Skill Level: 0
Length: 9 in.
Diameter: 1 in.
Weight: 1.4 oz.
The AGM-86C/D conventional air-launched
cruise missile (CALCM) is an affordable, long-range missile that has been proven in combat by the U.S. Air Force. It is recognized for its rapid response capability and is produced by converting surplus nuclear-armed AGM-86B missiles into the AGM-86C/D missile, which is the basis for CALCMs.
The CALCM became operational in January 1991 at the onset of Operation DESERT STORM. Seven B-52Hs carrying a total of 39 CALCMs flew nonstop round-trip from Barksdale AFB, LA to designated launch points in the U.S. Central Command's area of responsibility. At these points, 35 missiles were launched to attack high-priority targets in Iraq. These missions marked the beginning of the air campaign for Kuwait's liberation and are the longest known aircraft combat sorties in history (more than 14,000 miles and 35 hours of flight).
Launched from a B52H aircraft, the CALCM has the following specifications and
· Weight: 3,250 pounds
· Dimensions : 21' long, 4' diameter, 12' wing span
· Payload: conventional high-explosive, blast-fragmentation
warhead or Advanced Unitary Penetrator
· Speed: 500 mph
· Engine and fuel: Williams F107WR101 engine and JP10 fuel
· Navigation system: Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver and Inertial Navigation System (INS)
Powered by a turbofan jet engine that propels the missile at subsonic speeds, the CALCM deploys its folded wings, tail surfaces and engine inlet upon launch. It possesses
the following operational characteristics:
· Flies complicated, low-altitude routes to a target by using a terrain-contour-matching guidance system and GPS/INS
· Has a small profile that reduces the likelihood of detection by radar
· Requires an enemy force to counterattack each CALCM, which makes defense against them both costly and complicated.
The CALCM provides commanders with a long-range
(standoff range) weapon that precisely attacks an enemy's facilities. Furthermore, AGM-86D uses a penetrating
warhead that can destroy buried or reinforced targets.
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