Henschel Hs 294

The Henschel Hs 294 was a German anti-ship missile used by the Luftwaffe during the last months of World War II. Being a further development of the  Hs 293,  it was designed to attack targets on sea, especially armored surface vessels. This rocket-powered weapon was launched from a Dornier Do 217 bomber and flew at 860 km per hour, with a maximum range of 14 km. The Henschel Hs 294 had a long tapered nose, short wings, and tail stabilizing fins. Its fuselage and wings broke away when it hit the water. Then, the warhead traveled through the water towards the target like a torpedo. Henschel made two versions of the missile: a radio-guided one and the other fitted with a wire command link.


Type: anti-ship missile

Weight: 2.2 tons

Length: 6.1 m (20.08 ft)

Span: 4 m (13.2 ft)

Warhead: 456 kg

Max speed: 860 km/h

Range: 14 km




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