In Photos: The Fastest Missiles in Service by US Military

February 1, 2019

 

 

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US Military: Advanced Weapons & Equipment

1. LGM-30G Minuteman III 

 

Missile display at the front gate of F E Warren Air Force Base
Source: Wyoming Tribune Eagle

 

LGM-30G Minuteman III is an intercontinental ballistic missile manufactured by Boeing having an approximate speed of 17,507 mph (Mach 23, or 28,176 km/h, or 7.8 km/s). 

 

2. UGM-133 Trident II

 

A UGM-133 Trident II Missile

Source: Naval Open Source INTelligence/ Blogspot

 

UGM-133 Trident II is a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) manufactured by Lockheed Martin Space Systems having an approximate speed of 18,030 mph (29,020 km/h) (Mach 24; 8,060 m/s)

 

3. AIM-7 Sparrow

 

An Australian F-18A Hornet fires an AIM-7 Sparrow missile.

Image: Wikipedia

 

The AIM-7 Sparrow is a medium-range, semi-active radar homing air-to-air missile manufactured by Raytheon. Its variants AIM-7A/B and AIM-7C/E/F posses the speeds Mach 2.5 Mach 4 respectively.

 

4. BGM-71 TOW

 

An M41 tripod-mounted TOW ITAS-FTL with PADS of the US Army in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

Image: Wikipedia

 

The BGM-71 TOW is an anti-tank missile, currently produced by Raytheon. It has the speed of 278–320 m/s and the ability to be equipped with infrared cameras for night time use.

 

5. MIM-104 Patriot

 

MIM-104 Patriot

Screengrab from YouTube

 

The MIM-104 Patriot is a surface-to-air missile (SAM) system with anti-ballistic missile capability. It is designed by Raytheon, Hughes, and RCA and has been deployed in Persian Gulf War, Iraq War, Syrian Civil War, Yemeni Civil War (2015–present).


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