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MIM-46 Mauler


Forward Area Air Defense System (1960)


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The MIM-46 Mauler was an ill-fated American Army surface-to-air tracked missile defense system.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 11/09/2016 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
The MIM-46 "Mauler" was an ill-fated attempt at a tracked mobile surface to air missile defense system for the US Army. The Mauler project was dropped after development issues resulted from various technological failures emerged. These included structural deficiencies of the missile canisters during launch, rocket motor problems occuring after ignition of the missile and basic aerodynamic issues related to the missile in flight. The MIM-46 was to feature a three-by-three missile block assembly atop the chassis of the ubiquitous M113 Armored Personnel Carrier, designated as the "XM546 Tracked Fire Unit" in the Mauler configuration. By 1965, the US Army decided to focus its energies and funding on the M48 "Chaparral" air defense system instead.

Details of the XMIM-46A Missile includes a running length of 6 feet (1.83 meters), a width of 13 inches and an individual unit weight of 120lbs. The missile could speed along at 1,000 meters per second and defend altitude ceilings of up to 20,000 feet with an operational range of 5 miles (8km) from the launch point. The XMIM-46A relied on a 19lb blast fragmentation warhead and was propelled at speed by a Lockheed-brand solid fuel rocket motor.

The RIM-46A "Sea Mauler" was to be a navalized version of the launcher portion for the United States Navy though none were ever produced.

Specifications



Service Year
1960

Origin
United States national flag graphic
United States

Crew
3
CREWMEN
Production
1
UNITS


General Dynamics - USA
National flag of the United States United States (canceled)
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Anti-Aircraft / Airspace Denial
Base model or variant can be used to search, track, and neutralize airborne elements at range.


Length
8.3 ft
2.52 m
Width
8.8 ft
2.69 m
Height
6.6 ft
2 m
Weight
24,912 lb
11,300 kg
Tonnage
12.5 tons
LIGHT
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base MIM-46 Mauler production variant. Length typically includes main gun in forward position if applicable to the design)
Powerplant: 1 x General Motors 6V53 6-cylinder diesel engine generating 212 horsepower.
Speed
37.3 mph
(60.0 kph)
Range
298.3 mi
(480.0 km)
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base MIM-46 Mauler production variant. Compare this entry against any other in our database)
1 x 9 Missile Launcher


Supported Types




(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
9 x XMIM-46A Surface-to-Air Missiles


XMIM-46A "Mauler" - Project Series Designation
RIM-46A "Sea Mauler" - Shipborne version (launcher only), never produced.


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