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Henschel Hs 294

Anti-ship Missiles




Henschel Hs 294 Anti-ship Missiles

Service Data

In Service: 1941 to 1945

Production Data

First Flight: 1941
Manufacturer: Henschel
Number built: 120

Technical Data

Type: Anti-ship Missile

Guidance system: radio controlled
Length: 6.1 m
Wingspan: 4 m
Diameter: 62 cm
Weight: 630 kg
Engine: 2 × Walter HWK 109-507 liquid fuel rocket engine producing up to 590 kg of thrust
Maximum speed: km/h
Range: km
Warhead: kg
Fuze:
Launch Platform: Do 217, He 177
Operators: Luftwaffe
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History

The Henschel Hs 294 was a anti-ship missile Designed and developed by Henschel und Sohn in 1941 under the leadership of Dr.-Ing. Herbert Alois Wagner.

The Henschel Hs 294 this weapon was intended to be deployed against Allied shipping. The Henschel Hs 294 was a further development of the Hs 293 by Dipl.-Ing. Herbert Alois Wagner and his team at Henschel und Sohn.

The Henschel Hs 294 had a slender conical shape with a pair of straight stubby wings, the rocket motor used was 2 × Walter HWK 109-507 liquid fuel rocket engine producing up to 590 kg of thrust.
The control system that was employed for the Henschel Hs 294 was the FuG 203 transmitter and the FuG 230 receiver, having been guided to its target by radio control. The missile, then crashed in to the water and the wings and rear fuselage broke off at the designed weak points. Which allowed the missile to continue towards the target under its own momentum submerged. detonation was achieved by a standard naval proximity fuse.
A production contract was initially given for 1,300 Hs 294 A-0 to be built however the actual number is not known, a second contract was issued for the production of 300 Hs 294 V-2 this variant was similar to the Hs 294 A-0 variant but with trailing edge wing spoiler controls, approximately 56 of this variant was produced. 25 Hs 294 A-0 variants were modified to allow for television guidance systems to be install like had been done with the Henschel Hs 293D. The Henschel Hs 294 was not used operationally.

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Sources

The Warplanes of the Third Reich.
ISBN-10: 0385057822

German Aircraft of the Second World War.
ISBN-10: 0370000242

Hitler's Luftwaffe.
ISBN-10: 051718771X

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