RSE Kriens (missile)

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RSE Kriens
missile system Kriens
Kriens RSe Missile on a duplex launcher at the Flieger-Flab-Museum
TypeSurface-to-air missile
Place of originSwitzerland
Service history
In serviceno
Production history
ManufacturerOerlikon Contraves
Massmissile: 800 kg (empty 360 kg)
Length5.4 m (17 ft 9 in)
Diameter42 cm (1 ft 5 in)
Warhead70 kg warhead

EngineSolid fuel
Wingspan2.0 m (6 ft 7 in)
35 km (22 mi)
Flight ceiling27,000 m (89,000 ft)
SpeedMach 2.9
Beam control
control surface
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[edit]

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

A launcher with two missiles is held at the Flieger-Flab-Museum. Contraves used the technical/technological experience/expertise gained, for the buildup of the research rocket Zenit-C.

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

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