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X7 Rotkšppchen

Anti-tank Missile

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Service Data

In Service: 1944 to 1945

Production Data

First Flight:
Manufacturer: Ruhrstahl
Number built:

Technical Data

Type: Anti-tank Missile

Guidance system:
Length: 0.95 m
Wingspan: 0.60 m
Diameter: 0.15 m
Weight: 9 kg
Engine: 2 × WASAG 109-506 solid fuel rocket engine producing up to kg of thrust
Maximum speed: 360 km/h
Range: 1,2 km
Warhead: 2.5 kg
Fuze: impact fuse
Launch Platform:
Operators: Luftwaffe

Other: Missiles


The X-7 Rotkäppchen (Red Riding Hood) was a anti-tank missile. Designed and developed by Ruhrstahl AG in 1943, After the Heereswaffenamt (Army Ordnance Board) placed an urgent order for anti-tank missiles, this project was under the leadership of Dipl.-Ing. Max Otto Kramer.

The X-7 Rotkäppchen (Red Riding Hood) This weapon was intended to be deployed against tanks and armoured vehicles. Dipl.-Ing. Max Otto Kramer had been experimenting since early 1938, with remote control freefalling bombs, and in 1940. Kramer joined Ruhrstahl AG.

The X-7 Rotkäppchen (Red Riding Hood) was shell shaped body had two wins at its aft end with parabolic leading and trailing edges and two small pods for the wire link spools were attached to the wing tips, spoiler control was simplified on the X-7 Rotkäppchen by the installation of only one spoiler on an extended curved arm. The rocket motor used was 1 × WASAG 109-506 solid fuel rocket engine producing up to kg of thrust. The wire link control system was employed for the X-7 Rotkäppchen which used Düsseldorf FuG 510 transmitter and the Detmold FuG 238 receiver, also a radio controlled system was planned for the X-7 Rotkäppchen using the FuG 203/230h. detonation was achieved by use of an impact fuse.

A few hundred X-7 Rotkäppchen were produced at
Ruhrstahl AG Brackwede factory however there were unconfirmed reports of the X-7 being used operationally on the eastern front, and it appears that this missile was extremely effective. Even against the heavy armoured, Stalin tanks.


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