The RIM -24 Tartar was an air defense missile for short and medium distances the United States Navy from the 1960s. The missile was manufactured by General Dynamics. The Tartar could also be used against surface targets.
The tartare was essentially a version of the RIM -2 Terrier without the second booster. The order for the tartare was awarded in 1955, three years later flew the first rocket. The introduction into the active fleet took place in 1962. At the Tartar never the then current SAM -N -xx designation is assigned, the rocket was known as Missile Mk 15, 1962, with the introduction of RIM designation, the missile was designated RIM -24.
The RIM -24A tartar could be used against targets at a height of 15 to 15,000 m. The effective range was between 1.8 and about 15 kilometers. The introduced later RIM -24B Improved Tartar received a more modern radar system and a more powerful engine, improved the level to over 20,000 feet and range to more than 30 kilometers. Many missiles have been modified in the course of about RIM 24C Improved Tartar retrofit. Weight reduction increased the range again by about 2 kilometers.
The Tartar was replaced by the RIM -66 Standard Missile in the execution medium range.
The tartare had a solid propellant rocket motor, which accelerated the missile to Mach 1.8. The line was semi-active, the ship had a goal thus spotlight with his radar and the Tartar " rode " on the reflected radar waves in their goal. The tartare had a continuous -rod warhead of about 60 kilograms.
The launch took place from either a Mk -11 twin-arm or from the Mk- 13 and Mk -22 Einarmstartern.
The tartare was first used on the modified destroyers of the Forrest Sherman - class, and the cruiser conversions of Baltimore class. From the outset, the Tartar were used by the destroyers Charles F. Adams - class nuclear cruisers and the California Class.
Foreign users included the Royal Australian Navy, which began in the RIM -24 on board the frigates Adalaide class and Perth class, as well as the Federal Navy aboard the Class 103 ( Lütjens class).