MIM-23B Improved HAWK

Operator: Bahrain Egypt Jordan Kuwait Saudi Arabia United Arab Emirates Israel
Status: In Service In Service In Service In Service In Service In Service In Service
Number: 1 fire unit 8 fire units 5 fire units 6 fire units 10 fire units 5 fire units 17 fire units
Cost: $206 million deal
Acquired: 1997 1998-2001 1983-1985 1986-1987 1980-1984
General Specs:
Country of origin: United States
Manufacturer: Raytheon
Introduced: 1989
Class: Medium-range air defense
Range: 24.9 miles (40 km)
Altitude: 59,055.1 ft (18 km)
Warhead: 300 lbs (136.2 kg) high explosive
Speed: 2,055.2 mph (Mach 2.7)
Weight: 1,400 lbs (635 kg)
Length: 16.7 ft (5.1 m)
Diameter: 14.57 in (0.37 m)
Propellant: Aerojet M112 dual-thrust solid-fueled rocket
Guidance System: Radar directed semi-active homing
Accuracy: 85% single shot kill probability
Radar(s): AN/MPQ-61 High power illuminating continuous wave radar High power continuous wave radar (HPI)
AN/MPQ-62 Continuous wave acquisition radar (CWAR)
AN/MPS-50 Pulse Acquisition Radar (PAR) and passive optical scan
Launch Platform: M192 towed launcher
Missiles Per Launcher: 3
Operators (crew): 51
Fire Unit: 6 x launchers, 2 x HPI, 1 x CWAR, 1 x PAR, 1 x fire distribution center (FDC)
Notes: Cost per missile: $250,000
Cost per fire unit: $15 million
Cost per battery: $30 million



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