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Surface-to-Surface Missile

Rheinbote Surface-to-Surface Missile

Service Data

In Service: 1943 to 1945

Production Data

First Flight:
Manufacturer: Rheinmetall Borsig
Number built:

Technical Data

Type: Surface-to-Surface Missile

Guidance system: unguided
Length: 11.4 m
Wingspan: m
Diameter: m
Weight: 1,709 kg
Engine: 1 × diglycol solid propellant rocket
Maximum speed: km/h
Range: 220 km
Warhead: 40 kg
Launch Platform: Mobile
Operators: Luftwaffe

Other: Missiles


The Rheinmetall Borsig Rheinbote (Rhine Messenger) was surface to surface missile Designed and developed by Rheinmetall Borsig AG in 1943.

The Rheinmetall Borsig Rheinbote (Rhine Messenger) was a four stage ballistic missile designed to be launched from a mobile trailer, modified from the V-2 rocket transporter also known as the Meilerwagen, or from the modified 8.8 cm flak carriage, capable of carrying 40 kg of high explosive over a range well in excess of 160 km. Remote control was not used with the Rheinbote missile, it was simply aimed in the same way as an artillery gun. After launching the first stage, fell away at 3.5 km, second stage, fell away at 12 km, and the third stage, fell away at 25 km but the fourth stage remained attached to the rocket for the duration of its flight detonation was achieved by a percussion fuse the maximum speed of the missile was an extremely fast. Mac 5.55, which was most definitely the fastest speed of all German missiles of the time,

The Rheinbote was used operationally against Antwerp in November 1944, where over 200 were launched in an all-out offensive against the city.


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