VB-6 Felix


VB-6 Felix

Infobox Weapon
name= VB-6 Felix


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origin= United States
type= anti-ship missile / guided bomb
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service= never used operationally
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wars= World War II
designer= National Defense Research Committee
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production_date=1945
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weight= 1202 lb (545 kg)
length= 91.2 in (231.6 cm)
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diameter= 18.6 in (47.2 cm)
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filling= amatol explosive
filling_weight= 1000 pounds (454 kg)
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guidance= infrared

The VB-6 Felix was a precision guided munition developed by the United States during World War Two. It was one of the precursors of modern anti-ship missiles.

Created by the National Defense Research Committee, Felix relied on infrared to detect and home on targets, in clear weather, especially ships at sea at night. It was this property which earned the weapon its name, after the ability of cats to see in the dark.

Felix was a 1000 pound (454 kg) general purpose (GP) bomb with an infrared seeker in the nose and octagonal guidance fins in the tail. Unlike other weapons, such as Fritz X, Felix was autonomous (what a later generation would call launch and leave), though there was a flare in the tail for tracking.

Successful trials led to Felix being put in production in 1945, but the Pacific War ended before it entered combat.

ources

* Fitzsimons, Bernard, editor. "Felix", in "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of 20th Century Weapons and Warfare". Volume 9, p.926. London: Phoebus Publishing, 1978.

ee also

* Fritz X
* Azon
* Razon
* GB-4
* Bat
* LBD-1 Gargoyle
* List of anti-ship missiles


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