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RZ 65

Air-to-Air Missile

RZ 65 (Föhn) Air-to-Air Missile

Service Data

In Service: 1941 to 1945

Production Data

First Flight:
Manufacturer: Rheinmetall-Borsig
Number built:

Technical Data

Type: Air-to-Air Missile

Guidance system: unguided
Length: 0.262 m
Wingspan: m
Diameter: 00.73 m
Weight: 2.78 kg
Engine: 1 × rocket motor
Maximum speed: km/h
Range: 250 m
Warhead: 0.685 kg
Launch Platform: He 111, Bv 137, Ju 88, Bf 109, Bf 110, Me 210
Operators: Luftwaffe

Other: Missiles


The Rheinmetall-Borsig RZ 65 (Föhn) Bordrakete was a air to air missile. Designed and developed by Rheinmetall-Borsig AG in 1941 under the leadership of Dr.-Ing. Heinrich Klein.

The Rheinmetall-Borsig RZ 65 (Föhn) Came in several different forms, wing mounted, nose mounted, there was even a version with a eight round magazine, The RZ 65A also known as Rauchzylinder (Smoke Cylinder) and had a diameter of 65 mm was superseded by the RZ 65B. Of which the diameter was 73 mm. The RZ 65 rocket was spin stabilised and used a solid rocket motor, which was then mounted as auxiliary armament beneath the wings of the carrier aircraft as a single launcher unit fitted to each wing. The RZ 65 was tested with the following aircraft He 111, Bv 137, Ju 88, Bf 109, Bf 110, Me 210

Despite the success with his weapon it did not enter serious production, and only a small number of operational aircraft were fitted with the RZ 65. However, development continued and an improved version, called the RZ 73 was used in small quantities


RZ 65 Air-to-Air Missile picture 2
RZ 65 Air-to-Air Missile Ju 88A picture 3

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