Nike Missiles:
Specifications &
Performance Data


Missile Type
Nike Ajax
Nike Hercules



Designation
MIM-3
MIM-14



Length
(incl. Booster)


34 ft. 10 in.
41 ft. 0 in.

Length
(w/o Booster)


21 ft. 0 in.
27 ft. 0 in.

Wingspan


4 ft. 0 in.
6 ft. 2 in.

Diameter
of Body


1 ft. 0 in.
2 ft. 6 in.

Firing
Weight


2,455 lb.
10,560 lb.

Weight
(w/o booster)


1,150 lb.
5,250 lb.

Max. Speed
at Burnout


Mach 2.25 (1,669 mph)
Mach 3.50 (2,597 mph)

Maximum
Slant Range


25 miles
85 miles
110+ miles (in surface to surface mode)



Operational
Ceiling


60,000 ft.
(later, 72,000 ft.)

100,000 ft.
(later, 150,000 ft.)



Booster
Type

Solid-propellant, jettisonable booster providing 59,000 lb. 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 W-31 warhead; 2 Kt. (low yield), 20 Kt. (medium yield) and 40 Kt. (high yield); or high explosive, fragmentation type
T-45 warhead.



Missile
Guidance

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




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