Talk:RIM-8 Talos

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What launcher is that?[edit]

Regarding the Talos launchers; the article lists the Galveston class cruisers as having a "Mark 7" launcher with only 29 missiles. This is at odds with the only sources I have found on the subject, which specify a 46-missile magazine, and a launcher that is - at least visually - identical to the Mk 11 installation found on the Albany class and the Long Beach: Janes American Fighting Ships of the 20th Century, Mallard Press, 1991

Also, in the main image for the article, the Talos is show on a launcher that I cannot identify, which appears to be land-based. What is that? Some kind of test rig? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:01, 7 September 2008 (UTC)

The answer to your question is that there were multiple launchers that were employeed as launchers for the Talos missile. The Mk12 launcher was the large installation fit to the Albany class and the USS Long Beach. The Mk7 was a earlier smaller version used in the Galveston class conversions. The Mk11 launcher is the twin arm Tartar missile launcher. The Mk11 launcher was beset by maintance issues and was replaced by the Mk13 launcher and later Mk26 launcher. The Mk12 and Mk7 look very similar above deck.--Two way time (talk) 05:52, 19 October 2008 (UTC)

In re RIM-8 vs. MiG-15[edit]

I removed the following from the article:

It was only about 1.5 meters shorter (Mig 15bis length 33' 2" Talos length 38') than the MiG-15 fighter that it was designed to shoot down.[1][unreliable source?]

This statement is just confused (which is longer?), and the claim that the Talos "was designed to shoot down" MiG-15s is implausible, given that the MiG-15 served as an interceptor at this time — surely the Navy was more concerned with shooting down antiship strike aircraft? Best just make the comparison based on the size data already used in the respective articles and leave it at that. Tkinias (talk) 17:27, 6 July 2009 (UTC)

Point is, these missiles were big. Tour USS Little Rock up in Buffalo and it's amazing how much territory these things with their associated hardware took up. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:51, 8 July 2010 (UTC)


  1. ^ USS Oklahoma City CL91 / CLG5 / CG5, retrieved 30 March 2009.