The AGM-45 Shrike was an air-to-surface, anti-radiation missile developed in 1963 by the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake for the US Navy. It was specially designed to home in on and destroy hostile anti-aircraft radars. The AGM-45 was used during the Vietnam War and the Falklands War. Launched from Wild Weasel aircraft, such as specially adapted A-4 Skyhawk, the F-4G, the A-6 Intruder, F-105G, and modified British Vulcan bomber, the Shrike was the first generation anti-radiation missile. However, to avoid being spotted and hit by this missile, the North Vietnamese Army units that operated the SAM launching sites on the ground turned off their tracking radars just before an impending US attack.agm-45_shrikeThe AGM-45 entered into service in 1965, firs used combat during the Vietnam War mounted on the A-4 Skyhawk. Developed from the AIM-7 Sparrow air-to-air missile, it was armed with a 149 lb (67.5 Kg) MK 5 MOD 1 blast-fragmentation warhead.

Specifications

Type: anti-radiation missile
Length: 3.05 m
Diameter: 20.3 cm
Weight: 177 kg
Guiding system: passive homing radar

AGM-Shrike in Action (video)

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