Dornier Viper

Summary

The Dornier Viper was a West German/Norwegian air-to-air missile project, intended to replace the AIM-9 Sidewinder, in Luftwaffe service from 1975/76.

The Viper was developed by Bodenseewerk and Dornier Systems, using an infrared seeker and a new solid-fuel rocket motor (by Kongsberg Vapenfabrik), intended to have twice the burn time of the Sidewinder.[1]

In 1974, the Viper was abandoned in favor of evaluating an American missile.[2]

  • Length: 2.7 m (8 ft 10 in)
  • Diameter: 15 cm (5.9 in)
  • Weight: 80 kg (180 lb)

References

Notes

  1. ^ "Bodenseewerk/Dornier Viper", Flight International: 871, 7 June 1973
  2. ^ "Dornier Viper abandoned", Flight International: 847, 27 June 1974

Bibliography

  • "Aviation Week & Space Technology", Aviation Week & Space Technology, 104, 1976.
  • Fitzsimons, Bernard, ed. (1978), "Viper, Dornier", The Illustrated Encyclopedia of 20th Century Weapons and Warfare, London: Phoebus, 24, p. 2578.