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Type Chaff rocket
Place of origin United States
Service history
Used by United States Air Force
Production history
Designer Tracor
Designed early 1960s
Manufacturer Revere Copper and Brass
Length 5 feet (1.5 m)
Diameter 2.75 inches (70 mm)

Warhead Chaff

Propellant Solid fuel
B-52 Stratofortress

The ADR-8 was an unguided electronic countermeasures rocket developed by Tracor for use by the United States Air Force. It was used to dispense chaff from Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bombers.

Development[edit | edit source]

Originally given the designation RCU-2, the ADR-8 was developed for use by the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber, to give the aircraft a means of dispensing chaff to disrupt enemy radar.[1] Developed by Tracor under a Quick Reaction Contract, the ADR-8 was a folding fin rocket of 2.75 in (70 mm) diameter. Following successful testing, production of the rocket was undertaken by Revere Copper and Brass.[1]

Operational use[edit | edit source]

The rockets were fired from 20-shot AN/ALE-25 rocket pods mounted on pylons under the wings of the B-52s. The pods were 13 feet (4.0 m) long and weighed 1,100 pounds (500 kg); the rockets could be fired manually or automatically upon detection of a threat. They were installed on the final 18 B-52H aircraft constructed; earlier B-52Gs and B-52Hs were retrofitted with the system.[2]

The ADR-8 and AN/ALE-25 were retired in September 1970,[1] replaced by the "Phase VI" electronic warfare suite.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Parsch 2005
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dorr and Peacock 2000, p.52.

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