AGM-69 SRAM

Short Range Attack Missile

The requirement for the weapon was issued by the Strategic Air Command of the USAF in 1964. The Boing AGM-69A SRAM entered service in 1972. It was carried by the B-52, F-111 and the B-1B. On the B-52, SRAMs were carried externally on 2 wing pylons (6 missiles on each pylon) and internally on an eight-round rotary launcher mounted in the bomb bay; maximum loadout was 20 missiles. The B-1B could carry 8 missiles on up to three rotary launchers (one in each of its three stores bays) for a maximum loadout of 24 missiles. The FB-111A could carry two missiles internally and four more missiles under the aircraft's swing-wing.

Originally, the SRAM's primary mission was to improve the survivability of the SAC manned bomber force through the "neutralization of surface-to-air missile defenses." The mission was later expanded to encompass a secondary objective, the destruction of selected strategic targets.

The AGM-69 SRAM was finally replaced in 1993 by the AGM-86 ALCM (Air Launched Cruise Missile).

STATISTICS

Mission

Air-to-Surface Missile

Developed by

USA

Deployed by

USA

Service

Strategic Air Command

Development Year

1966

Deployment Year

1972

Targets

Radar sites, SAM sites

Platform

B-52G/H (20 missiles), FB-111 (6), B-1B (24)

Number Built

1,500

Number Deployed

1,100 (as of 1988)

Contractor

Boeing Aerospace Company

SPECIFICATION / PERFORMANCE

Length

14 ft.

Body Diameter

1 ft. 5.5 in.

Wing/Fin Span

2 ft. 5.9 in.

Launch Weight

2239 lbs

Range

124 miles

Speed

Mach 3.5

SUBSYSTEMS

Propulsion

Solid Rocket Propellant

Engine

Lockheed SR75-LP-1 two stage solid-fuel rocket motor

Payload

306 lbs.

Warhead

W-69 170 kiloton nuclear

Guidance

General Precision/Kearfott KT-76 inertial and Steward-Warner radar altimeter