RSE Kriens (missile)
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Kriens RSe Missile on a duplex launcher at the Flieger-Flab-Museum
|Place of origin||Switzerland|
|Mass||missile: 800 kg (empty 360 kg)|
|Length||5.4 m (17 ft 9 in)|
|Diameter||42 cm (1 ft 5 in)|
|Warhead||70 kg warhead|
|Wingspan||2.0 m (6 ft 7 in)|
|35 km (22 mi)|
|Flight ceiling||27,000 m (89,000 ft)|
|vehicle or trailer|
RSE Kriens was a Swiss-developed air defence missile. It never entered service. Kriens stands for the village in the canton of Lucerne Kriens.
Design and development
From 1959 to 1966 Contraves developed -along with many other Swiss companies - the Kriens drawing on the experience of the guided missile system RSC / D, RSD 58. The missile project was funded by Swiss industry and the federal government, and was developed up to production-ready stage. The first flight was on 23 March 1964.
The modular system used advanced technology for the ground equipment and the missiles. The whole system could be interconnected to a multi-part cluster, which included several radars and missile launchers. After introduction of the British Bristol Bloodhound as the BL-64 the project was cancelled by the EMD. For export, the system was given the name 'Micon' but the missile was never mass-produced, either for Switzerland nor for another nation
The fire unit consists of: measuring radar, 1-3 radio collars, 4 launchers, command car, trolley and several units (generators). Trolley, command car, tracking device and aggregates were individually housed on single-axle trailers, the measuring radar and missile launchers on each two-axle trailers.
- Rowing span = 1.5 m
- Thrust / burning time t = 6.5 for 9 seconds then 1.8 t for 16 seconds
- Burnout velocity = 900 m / s
- =Generator on-board supply of hydraulic and electronic 20 kW
- Air Force Center/ Flieger-Flab-Museum " Fliegermuseum Dübendorf"
- Hugo Schneider: Armament and equipment of the Swiss Army since 1817: light and medium anti-aircraft air defence anti-aircraft missiles, Volume 12 of Armament and equipment of the Swiss Army since 1817, Publisher Stocker-Schmidt, 1982
- Media related to Oerlikon Contraves at Wikimedia Commons