RTV-A-2 Hiroc

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MX-774
MX-774 missile.jpg
Production history
Designer Consolidated-Vultee
Designed 1946
Specifications

Operational
range
1,500 to 5,000 mi. (2,400 to 8,000 km)

The RTV-A-2 Hiroc (High-altitude Rocket) was the United States' first attempt at an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). In 1946, Consolidated-Vultee was given an Army Air Forces research contract and began design and development of the MX-774, which led to Convair's development of the Atlas ICBM.[1] Although the MX-774 itself was cancelled, three prototype launch vehicles were built, designated RTV-A-2. The three rockets were launched in July, September, and December of 1948, all three launches being considered partial successes.[2]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ York, Herbert Jr (1978). "Race to Oblivion: A Participant's View of the Arms Race". Simon and Schuster. pp. p56. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  2. ^ Parsch, Andreas (2005). "Convair RTV-A-2 Hiroc". Directory of U.S. Military Rockets and Missiles - Appendix 1: Early Missiles and Drones. Designation-Systems. Retrieved 2014-04-10.