One of the famous "3T" missiles. The Tartar was intended for Destroyer-size and smaller ships, but it was also used on the Chicago Class Missile Cruisers as a secondary weapon. The Tartar has been replaced by the Standard Medium Range Missile.


Designation Tartar RIM-24
Ship Class Used On Many Ships 1960 - 1980
Date In Service 1959
Weight 1,200 lbs. (545 kg)
Dimensions Overall Length: 180 in (4.57 m)
Missile diameter: 13 in (34 cm)
Payload High-Explosive Warhead
Range Range: 8.7 nm
Height Effectiveness: 1,000 to 40,000 ft (300 to 12,200 m)
Propulsion Sustainer rocket


Data from:

  • "The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon System 1988/1989" by Norman Friedman

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