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Surface-to-Air Missile

Feuerlilie Surface-to-Air Missile

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Production Data

First Flight:
Manufacturer: Ardelt-Werke, Rheinmetall-Borsig
Number built:

Technical Data

Type: Surface-to-Air Missile

Guidance system:
Length: 4.8 m
Wingspan: 4.5 m
Diameter: m
Weight: kg
Engine: 4 × Rheinmetall 109-505 solid fuel rocket engine producing up to 250 kg of thrust each
Maximum speed: 1,500 km/h
Range: km
Warhead: 17 kg
Launch Platform: Mobile
Operators: Luftwaffe

Other: Missiles


The Rheinmetall-Borsig Feuerlilie (Fire Lily) was a surface-to-air missile which was built by Ardelt-Werke and Rheinmetall-Borsig AG in 1940.

The Feuerlilie (Fire Lily) was built in two versions the first Feuerlilie F-25 with a diameter of 25 cm, the second Feuerlilie F-55 with a diameter of 55 cm both these versions used either Rheinmetall 109-505 or Rheinmetall 109-515 solid fuel rocket engine. In 1940 Hermann Göring's Aviation Research Organisation, under the codename Fire Lili designed a remote-controlled anti-aircraft missile,
The first version was with an extremely small version called F-5 this model was used to test the viability of the solid fuel rocket engines and its general flight behaviour, very good progress was made, and so work progressed to the first preproduction version was Feuerlilie F-25 of which 24, were made, testing took place in July 1943 at Leba proving ground on the Baltic Sea and at Greifswalder Oie island of Peenemünde. But due to disappointing results the Feuerlilie F-25 was cancelled in 1944.

However work progressed, on the Feuerlilie F-50 it was decided to use a modified 8.8 cm Flak carriage as a launch platform, on 25 January 1943, a contract was given to the Ardelt-Werke in Breslau for the construction of five test versions. continued testing was carried out during January 1943 at Greifswalder Oie island of Peenemünde. The first launch of the Feuerlilie F-50 was on 12 May 1944 further launches were carried from Greifswalder Oie island of Peenemünde but their flight tests were unsatisfactory due to unstable flight behaviour, The Feuerlilie continued until early 1945.


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