Condor (Argentine missile)

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For other uses, see Condor (disambiguation).
This article is about the Argentine/Middle Eastern Condor/Badr missile, for the US Navy's air-to-surface missile see AGM-53 Condor.

The Argentine Condor missile was a multinational space research program started in the 1970s. It involved significant contract work being performed by German company MBB (now a group within Daimler AG), but later developed into a ballistic missiles program.

Condor I[edit]

The original Condor[1] had little military capability but helped build expertise later used for the Alacrán missile program.[2] The Alacrán program developed a functional short-range ballistic missile.

Condor II[edit]

During and after the 1982 Falklands War (Spanish: Guerra de las Malvinas) France (which supplied missiles) placed an arms embargo on Argentina, causing the Argentine Air Force, under the command of Ernesto Crespo, to develop its own medium-range missile in the Condor II[3] program.

This program was undertaken in close collaboration with Egypt, and then Iraq[4] (the Iraqi version was called BADR-2000),[5] however it was discontinued in the early 1990s by President Carlos Menem because of political pressure from the United States.[6] The missile was developed in Falda del Carmen, Córdoba Province. The designer and creator of the missile was MIT-trained engineer Miguel Vicente Guerrero.

The Condor missile had a range of 800km to 1,000km.[7]

In 1997, the Argentine Air Force reported to the US Congress that it still possessed two of the missiles that were to be destroyed.[citation needed]

Condor III[edit]

There have been reports of a Condor III program. The Condor III would have an increased range to some 1,500 km (930 mi) with the same payload as the Condor II.[8][9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Condor 1". Astronautix.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  2. ^ "Alacran". Astronautix.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  3. ^ "Condor 2". Astronautix.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  4. ^ "Argentina | Country Profiles". NTI. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  5. ^ "Badr-2000 - Iraq Special Weapons". Fas.org. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  6. ^ "Condor Missile Programme (Hansard, 5 March 1996)". Hansard.millbanksystems.com. 1996-03-05. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  7. ^ http://www.nti.org/media/pdfs/egypt_missile.pdf?_=1316466791
  8. ^ http://www.nti.org/media/pdfs/egypt_missile.pdf?_=1316466791
  9. ^ http://www.taringa.net/posts/offtopic/12379426/Misil-Condor-III-y-Cohete-tronador-II-y-algunos-mas.html

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