View Full Version : Interesting find about rockets

10-07-2005, 06:16 PM
found this quote in and aviation mag

"for rocket launching the correct dive angle was 15degrees and the ideal hit was to have them hit the water 150ft short of the target as they were designed to level out 12feet below the surface. An ideal hit on the hull of the ship would result with a 1ft square hole on entry and if it made it to the other side the rocket would make a hole 2ft squrae"

it would be awesome to have these rockets in PF http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

10-07-2005, 06:21 PM
what type are they? Navy 5inchers? im curious now.

10-07-2005, 06:56 PM
25pounder solid head rockets

10-07-2005, 08:26 PM
Interesting...25 pounder rockets? Thats bigger than your usual 5in HVAR right?

10-07-2005, 09:27 PM
are those the can openers with the big warhead you always see slung under the wings of typhoons?

10-07-2005, 09:42 PM
nope, those are 60lb, the AP ones, same rocket motor, just different head http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

rocket motor could bounce around inside aswell http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

10-07-2005, 09:54 PM
Sounds more like the "Rocket Spears" used by FAA aircraft (like the Swordfish) for sub-hunting.

10-07-2005, 11:10 PM
these rockets came off a beaufighter
they were used in the fjords hunting destroyers

10-08-2005, 08:25 AM
same rockets where fitted onto the aircraft, think it was our (british) standard rocket http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

10-08-2005, 09:31 AM
British 3inch rockets were fitted either with a 60lb(27Kg) HE warhead or a 25lb(11.3Kg) solid shot warhead.
Originally the solid shot was for tanks and the HE for ships but they found they worked better the other way around.
The rocket could travel for a considerable distance underwater and still penerate the hull of a ship or submarine.
Some info on the rockets-
HE warhead contained 14lb(6.35Kg) of TNT.
Rocket with HE warhead, velosity 350m/s(1150fps)
Rocket with 25lb warhead, velosity 460m/s(1500fps)