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ⓘ RIM-24 Tartar. The General Dynamics RIM-24 Tartar was a medium-range naval surface-to-air missile, and was among the earliest surface-to-air missiles to equip U ..




RIM-24 Tartar
                                     

ⓘ RIM-24 Tartar

The General Dynamics RIM-24 Tartar was a medium-range naval surface-to-air missile, and was among the earliest surface-to-air missiles to equip United States Navy ships. The Tartar was the third of the so-called "3 Ts", the three primary SAMs the Navy fielded in the 1960s and 1970s, the others being the RIM-2 Terrier and RIM-8 Talos.

                                     

1. History

The Tartar was born of a need for a more lightweight system for smaller ships, and something that could engage targets at very close range. Essentially, the Tartar was simply a RIM-2C Terrier without the secondary booster. The Tartar was never given a SAM-N-x designation, and was simply referred to as Missile Mk 15 until the unified Army-Navy designation system was introduced in 1963.

The Tartar was used on a number of ships, of a variety of sizes. Initially the Mk 11 twin-arm launcher was used, later ships used the Mk 13 and Mk 22 single-arm launchers. Early versions proved to be unreliable. The Improved Tartar retrofit program upgraded the earlier missiles to the much improved RIM-24C standard. Further development was canceled and a new missile, the RIM-66 Standard, was designed to replace it. Even after the upgrade to a new missile, ships were still said to be Tartar ships because they carried the Tartar Guided Missile Fire Control System.

A dedicated anti-ship version for the Federal German Navy carrying a Bullpup warhead was abandoned when Germany purchased MM38 Exocet instead.

                                     

2. Ships carrying Tartar fire control systems

  • Brooke -class frigate
  • T 47-class destroyer guided missile modification
  • Virginia -class cruiser
  • Albany -class cruiser
  • Kidd -class destroyer
  • California -class cruiser
  • Mitscher -class destroyer guided missile modification
  • Audace -class destroyer Italy
  • Charles F. Adams -class destroyer / Lutjens -class destroyer Germany / Perth -class destroyer Australia
  • Tromp -class frigate with Mk.13 missile launcher retired from service
  • Cassard -class frigate
  • Impavido -class destroyer Italy
  • Forrest Sherman -class destroyer guided missile modification
                                     

3. Operators

Past Operators

Australia
  • Royal Australian Navy
France
  • French Navy
Germany
  • German Navy
Italy
  • Italian Navy
Japan
  • Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
Netherlands
  • Royal Netherlands Navy
United States
  • United States Navy