Nike Missile
Specifications & Performance Data




Nike Ajax


Nike Hercules



Designation MIM-3
MIM-14



Length
(incl. booster)

34-feet 0-inches
41-feet 6-inches



Length
(w/o booster)

21-feet 0-inches
27-feet 0-inches



Wingspan

4-feet 0-inches
6-feet 2-inches



Diameter
of Body

1-foot 0-inches
2-feet 6-inches



Firing
Weight

2,455-pounds
10,560-pounds



Weight
w/o booster

1,150-pounds
5,250-pounds



Max. Speed
at Burnout
Mach 2.25
(1,669-mph)

Mach 3.5
(2,597-mph)



Maximum
Slant Range
25-30 miles
75-90 miles (air defense)
110+ miles (surface mode)



Operational
Ceiling
60,000-feet
(later, 72,000-feet)

100,000-feet
(later, 150,000-feet)



Booster Solid-propellant, jettisonable booster providing 59,000-lbs. of static thrust for 2.5 seconds.


Cluster of 4 Ajax-type solid propellant boosters.

Sustainer
Motor
Liquid-fueled rocket motor using inhibited red fuming nitric acid (IRFNA), unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine (UDMH) and jet aviation fuel. 2,600-lbs. of thrust for 21 seconds.


Solid-propellant rocket motor.

Warheads Three high explosive, fragmentation-type warheads arranged at front, center and rear of missile body.
Nuclear warhead type "W31"
2 Kilotons (low yield)
20 Kt. (medium yield)
30-40 Kt. (high yield)
or conventional, high explosive, fragmentation type "T-45" warhead.



Guidance Command guidance system; missile guided by ground-based radar & computer systems.
Command guidance system; missile guided by ground-based radar & computer systems.



Copyright 1996-1999 by Donald E. Bender
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