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Henschel Hs 293A

Anti-ship Missiles

Henschel Hs 293A Anti-ship Missiles

Service Data

In Service: 25 August 1943 to 1945

Production Data

First Flight: 18 December 1940
Manufacturer: Henschel
Number built: 1,900 All variants

Technical Data

Type: Anti-ship Missiles

Guidance system: remote control / wire link
Length: 3.82 m
Wingspan: 3.1 m
Diameter: 0.47 m
Weight: 1,045 kg
Engine: 1 × Walter HWK 109-507B liquid fuel rocket engine producing up to 590 kg of thrust
Maximum speed: 435 km/h
Range: 12 km
Warhead: 295 kg
Fuze: impact fuse
Launch Platform: Do 217, He 111, He 177, Fw 200, Ju 290
Operators: Luftwaffe
Hs 293A
Hs 293 A-0
Hs 293 A-1
Hs 293 A-2
Hs 293B
Hs 293C
Hs 293D
Hs 293E
Hs 293F
Hs 293H

Other: Missiles


The Henschel Hs 293A was a anti-ship missile Designed and developed by Henschel und Sohn in 1939 under the leadership of Dr.-Ing. Herbert Alois Wagner.

The Henschel Hs 293A was intended to be deployed against Allied shipping.

The Henschel Hs 293 A-1 had a standard SC 500 bomb fastened to the front of the fuselage. The fuselage contained control equipment, with a pair of straight stubby wings attached in the middle, and a tailplane mounted above the wake of the wing. At the point where the tailplane was fastened. The fuselage was flattened to form a low aspect ratio ventral and dorsal fins. The whole construction was made out of duralumin. Radio control was used to control the conventional ailerons and an elevator, no rudder was installed since any tendency towards lateral instability was overridden by the remote control.
The rocket motor used was 1 × Walter HWK 109-507B liquid fuel rocket engine producing up to 590 kg of thrust, alternatively the BMW 109-511 liquid fuel rocket engine producing up to 600 kg or WASAG 109-512 solid fuel rocket engine producing up to 1,200 kg of thrust could be used. The Henschel Hs 293 A-1 was controlled by the operator in the carrier aircraft using a radiolink Kehl-Straßburg (designed and developed by Telefunken) Kehl FuG 203 transmitter and the Straßburg FuG 230 receiver, the operator had to keep the target in sight at all times, to aid the operator in this a flare was ignited in the tail of the bomb so it could be seen from the carrier aircraft. Production of the Henschel Hs 293 A-1 began in January 1942

The Henschel Hs 293 A-1 was used on the 25 August 1943. Operationally by KG 100 based at Cognac using Do 217 attacking targets in the Bay of Biscay.


Henschel Hs 293A carried by Do 217K
Henschel Hs 293
Henschel Hs 293
Henschel Hs 293

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