Ruhrstahl SD 1400 “Fritz X”

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Ruhrstahl SD 1400 “Fritz X”

Post by bracko1987 » 21 Jul 2018 19:15

Very interesting weapon, i didn't know Germans had air-launched radio-controlled Bomb

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Re: Ruhrstahl SD 1400 “Fritz X”

Post by Dili » 21 Jul 2018 21:15

They had also a missile, Henschel Hs 293.

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Re: Ruhrstahl SD 1400 “Fritz X”

Post by Thoddy » 06 Aug 2018 14:20

origin PC 1400 not SD
"Meine Herren, es kann ein siebenjähriger, es kann ein dreißigjähriger Krieg werden – und wehe dem, der zuerst die Lunte in das Pulverfaß schleudert!"

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Re: Ruhrstahl SD 1400 “Fritz X”

Post by Cantankerous » 24 Jan 2024 22:44

The Fritz X was arguably the first precision-guided bomb ever used in combat. Guidance for the Fritz X was provided by a Kehl-Straßburg FuG 203/230 MCLOS system. The abbreviation "PC" in PC 1400 stood for Panzersprengbombe, Cylindrisch ("cylindrical armor-piercing bomb"), while the number "1400" denoted the weight of the Fritz X in kilograms (1,400 kg).

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Re: Ruhrstahl SD 1400 “Fritz X”

Post by wekusta » 24 Jan 2024 23:16

You can download an (old) article about the use of the Fritz-X against the Roma from here
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Re: Ruhrstahl SD 1400 “Fritz X”

Post by Grzesio » 25 Jan 2024 09:32

Cantankerous wrote:
24 Jan 2024 22:44
The Fritz X was arguably the first precision-guided bomb ever used in combat.
I think, the Hs 293 A was earlier - it was used for the first time on August 25, 1943, achieving first kill on August 27 (HMS Egret), while the Fritz X was used for the first time on August 29, sinking its first victim (Roma) on September 9.
The PC 1400 in the designation refers to the warhead only (made of the PC 1400 AP bomb body), the complete Fritz X was around 1600 kg heavy.

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Re: Ruhrstahl SD 1400 “Fritz X”

Post by kfbr392 » 25 Jan 2024 15:28

from my notes (sorry, in German only):

fritz x
So.39: rlm entwicklungsauftrag
06.40: überprüfung gesamtanlage am boden
23.11.40: erster abwurf
12.41: 9ter abwurf
01.42: E7 nach Foggia
03.42-05.42: 20 abwürfe in foggia
06.42: einsatzreif
iii./kg 100 erster einsatzverband
21.07.43: ersteinsatz gegen hafen augusta

hs 293
Q4.39: rlm forderung
bis He.40: konstruktion und bau muster
09.40: erster abwurf durch he111h-1, aber ohne raketenmotor und lenkung
10.40: erbrobung fug203a abgeschlossen
12.40: erster gelenkter abwurf, ohne rakete
07.41: erste zelle mit raketenaufhängung
11.41: a-0; 80st
01.42: a-1; ca 1900st, dav 1250st für einsatz
03.42: beginn truppenerprobung EK15
08.42: einsatzreif
04.43: ii./kg 100 nach usedom zur umschulung; erster einsatzverband; do217e-5
23.08.43: ersteinsatz

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