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Blohm & Voss Bv 143

Anti-ship Missiles

Blohm & Voss Bv 143 Anti-ship Missiles

Service Data

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Production Data

First Flight: 1941
Manufacturer: Blohm & Voss
Number built: 251

Technical Data

Type: Anti-ship Missiles

Guidance system: Gyroscopic autopilot
Length: 5.98 m
Wingspan: 3.17 m
Diameter: m
Weight: 1,073 kg
Engine: 1 × Walter HWK 109-501 liquid fuel rocket engine producing up to kg of thrust
Maximum speed: km/h
Range: 8,000 m
Warhead: 500 kg
Launch Platform: He 111
Operators: Luftwaffe
Bv 143A

Other: Missiles


The Blohm & Voss Bv 143 was a winged torpedo glide bomb and designed and developed by Blohm & Voss in 1941 under the leadership of Dr.-Ing. Richard Vogt.

Which was intended to be released from an aircraft at high altitude to avoid the ever increasing presence of anti-aircraft weapons on Allied merchant ships. The Bv 143 had a cigar shaped body with very simple square tipped wings and a cruciform tail unit, its course was maintained by a gyroscopic autopilot, which adjusted the control services. These control services consisted of a divided elevator, a divided rudder and ailerons of the detached, and auxiliary wing type. stability was given by wing dihedral. After being launched from a He 111 the Bv 143 was designed to make its approach in a flat glide and when 2 m from the sea's surface, a feeler arm hanging from the fuselage was moved by the sea to switch on the Walter HWK 109-501 liquid fuel rocket motor. The acceleration and power produced by the Walter HWK 109-501 liquid fuel rocket motor was intended to bring the missile into level flight, which would allow it to speed into the target just above the waterline. However the Bv 143. had too many technical difficulties and continually failed to maintain altitude, or the liquid fuel rocket motors failed to ignite, and so the project was cancelled. The Blohm & Voss team were involved in a number projects similar to the Bv 143 like the Bv 246


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