Matra M.04


Matra M.04
Matra M.04
Type Air-to-air missile
Place of origin  France
Production history
Designed 1948
Manufacturer Matra
Specifications
Weight 460 kilograms (1,000 lb)
Length 4.6 metres (15 ft)
Diameter 0.25 metres (9.8 in)

Engine Solid-fuel rocket
1,250 kg thrust for 14 seconds
Wingspan 1.8 metres (5 ft 11 in)
Propellant Acid/Aniline rocket
Launch
platform
Halifax (testing)

The Matra M.04 was a French missile project that began development in Societe Matra in 1948. Intended either as an air-to-air missile or a surface-to-air missile it was never adopted in service, although it was tested over the Sahara in 1952.

Development

The missile was first test-fired in flight from a Halifax bomber in May 1950 at Colomb-Bechar. The missile was large for an air to air missile, with two pairs of curciform swept wings, with the smaller rear pair being moved using pneumatic actuation to provide steering. A SEPR acid/aniline rocket containing 110 kg of propellent provided 1,250 kg of thrust for 14 seconds, taking it to a speed of 490 meters per second.


The surface-to-air version was intended to have an additional tandem booster stage, and was designated the R.042 - and work continued on it until 1955.

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