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Offline Kiltonge

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To which South African AAM did 'Whiplash' equate?
« on: July 19, 2014, 08:10:53 am »
Apologies if this has been tied-up but it is a question I've had for a couple of decades.

Back in the mid-1970s there were rumours published about the Whiplash project which apparently started in 1966, pre-dating R.550 but a year or so after Shafrir first flew.

Flight has some typical quotes:

  The missile could be a project known as Whiplash, which was begun
  in 1966 and first announced in 1969

An interception was claimed against a Mach 2 target at the St Lucia range in September 1971.

Was Whiplash equivalent to the V1 AAM and where did the name originate?  Was it just a cover name fed to the media? 

Or did we silly UKians mangle a name over the phone like we did with  Carver / Cava ;)

« Last Edit: July 19, 2014, 08:19:47 am by Kiltonge »

Offline kaiserbill

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Re: To which South African AAM did 'Whiplash' equate?
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2019, 04:10:12 pm »
For what it is worth, "Voorslag" means whiplash in Afrikaans.
It is worth noting that the South African AAM development history stretches to a few years earlier than the attached article mentions below (1965) the early 1960's in fact, when CSIR work started on an indigineous AAM missile path.
From what I can gather, the indigenously built V2 was "Voorslag", or "Whiplash" in English.
« Last Edit: January 25, 2019, 05:21:26 pm by kaiserbill »