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Henschel Hs 117H

Air-to-Air Missiles

Henschel Hs 117H

Service Data

In Service: 1943 to 1945

Production Data

First Flight:
Manufacturer: Henschel
Number built:

Technical Data

Type: Air-to-Air Missiles

Guidance system: radio controlled
Length: 4.30 m
Wingspan: 2 m
Diameter: 0.35 m
Weight: 325 kg
Engine: 1 × BMW 109-558 liquid fuel rocket engine producing up to 375 kg of thrust
Maximum speed: 900 km/h
Range: 32 km
Warhead: 25 kg
Fuze: proximity
Launch Platform: Do 217, Ju 188, Ju 388
Operators: Luftwaffe
Hs 117
Hs 117H

Other: Missiles


The Henschel Hs 117H was a air to air missile. Designed and developed by Henschel und Sohn in 1941 under the leadership of Dr.-Ing. Herbert Alois Wagner.

The Henschel Hs 117H was launched from one of the following Do 217, Ju 188, or Ju 388 once launched the missiles rocket engine would kick in which was a BMW 109-558 liquid fuel rocket engine producing up to 375 kg of thrust, an alternative main engine could be used, which was the Walter 109-729. An automatic system was employed to ensure that the missile flew at its correct, Mac number and that the correct airspeed was obtained.

The Henschel Hs 117H sighting of the missile was by the standard Revi reflector. the missile was controlled by a line of sight The control link was along similar lines to the Kehl-Straßburg (designed and developed by Telefunken) system.

Testing of the Henschel Hs 117 began in May 1944 at Karlshagen on the Baltic coast, and by September twenty two. Henschel Hs 117 had been launched including the ones launched by He 111.

There was ground launched variant the Hs 117 which was launched from a modified 3.7 cm gun carriage.


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