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Italian C-7 air-air missile

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I've gathered some information on an air-to-air missile that was built in Italy in the late 1950s or early 1960s under the C-7 designation. Reportedly it was tested on Italian air force's F-86 Sabres but was never adopted.

Here is the only photo (or drawing) of the missile that is available on the Internet:



At http://www.astronautix.com/lvs/c7.htm you may find technical data of the missile, although the website is about sounding rockets and not military missiles (the Italians developed, I believe, some such rockets using components of the C-7 missile). Here is what the website says:

he C-7 air-to-air missile program began with a contract to Contraves in 1957. Later the design was assigned to SISPRE, a Fiat/Finmeccanica subsidiary. A few were manufactured and deployed in 1961-62. The missile used a BPD M2P30 motor with polybutadiene propellant delivering a specific impulse of 220 seconds.

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Manufacturer: Contraves / Fiat SISPRE. Total Mass: 65 kg (143 lb). Core Diameter: 0.16 m (0.52 ft). Total Length: 1.96 m (6.43 ft). Span: 0.64 m (2.09 ft). Maximum range: 11 km (7 mi). Boost Propulsion: Solid rocket. Boost engine: M2P30. Cruise Propulsion: Solid rocket. Guidance: Infrared Homing. Total Number Built: 200

I would be grateful for any further information on the missile, its development and history. It would be great to see more pictures showing it, of course.

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Piotr
 

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Some extract from Flight Archives. The last document states that "limited quantities of these weapons are now in service". But it was not true.
 

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visvirtusvoluntas said:
Some extract from Flight Archives. The last document states that "limited quantities of these weapons are now in service". But it was not true.


Nice finding!!!
Many thanks
 

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