AIM-7E Sparrow. Medium-range air-to-air missiles © Konstantinos Panitsidis

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In 1963 the USAF received in its arsenal the first modified AIM-7E missiles, gradually replacing the AIM-7D. The improved rocket equipped with a more powerful Aerojet Mk.52.Mod.2 solid fuel engine. They also installed an improved guidance system and electronics.

AIM-7E Sparrow © Konstantinos Panitsidis

On the basis of the AIM-7E, a modification of the RIM-7 Sea Sparrow anti-aircraft complex was developed, adopted by the US Navy and is still in use.

The missile was used in the Vietnam War with disappointing results. Despite the continuous improvements of the Sparrow missile, they did not manage to solve all the problems.
The “Sparrow” missiles have been withdrawn from service in 2000.

1.  Seeker  2.  Proximity fuze  3.  Integrated control and power unit  4.  Thermal batteries  5.  Wing hub  6.  Forward suspension lug  7.  Wing  8.  Safety and arming unit  9.  Aft suspension lug  10.  Rocket motor (engine)  11.  Fin  12.  Radome (homing head)  13.  Fuze antenna  14.  Hydraulic accumulator  15.  Actuator  16.  Electrical interface connector  17.  Warhead  18.  Igniter. 



TYPE Medium-range air-to-air missiles
POWER PLANT Aerojet Mk.52.Mod.2
Thrust, kgf 10.025
Length, m 3.66
Diameter, m 0,203
Wing span, m 1.020
Weight, kg 204
Warhead weight, kg 30
Maximum speed, km/h, (m/s) 4.532 (1.361)
GUIDANCE SYSTEM Semi active radar seeker
Operational range, km 35
Warhead type Continuous rod
Permissible range of target overloads, g -
LAUNCH PLATFORM F-4 Phantom II, F-15 Eagle, F-15E Strike Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-14 Tomcat, F/A-18 Hornet, JA-37 Viggen, Tornado F.3 ADV, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Mitsubishi F-2, F-104S Starfighter


PHOTOS  AIM-7E Sparrow: War Museum Athens (2019)


AIM-7E Sparrow: War Museum Athens (2023)



AIM-7E Sparrow
War Museum Athens (Greece 2023)
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