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RZ 73

Air-to-Air Missile




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Service Data

In Service: 1943 to 1945

Production Data

First Flight:
Manufacturer: Rheinmetall-Borsig
Number built:

Technical Data

Type: Air-to-Air Missile

Guidance system: unguided
Length: 0.330 m
Wingspan: m
Diameter: 00.73 m
Weight: 3.167 kg
Engine: 1 × rocket motor
Maximum speed: km/h
Range: 400 m
Warhead: 0.583 kg
Fuze:
Launch Platform: He 111, Bv 137, Ju 88, Bf 109, Bf 110, Me 210
Operators: Luftwaffe
Variants:
RZ 65
RZ 65A
RZ 65B
RZ 73

Other: Missiles
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History

The Rheinmetall-Borsig RZ 73 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 73 Came in several different forms, wing mounted, nose mounted, there was even a version with a eight round magazine, The The RZ 73 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 73 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 73.

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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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