|Place of origin||United States|
|Used by||United States Air Force|
|Manufacturer||Revere Copper and Brass|
|Length||5 feet (1.5 m)|
|Diameter||2.75 inches (70 mm)|
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. 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.
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.
References[edit | edit source]
- Parsch 2005
- Dorr and Peacock 2000, p.52.
- Dorr, Robert F.; Peacock, Lindsay T. (2000). B-52 Stratofortress: Boeing's Cold War Warrior. Oxford, England, UK: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 978-1841760971.
- Parsch, Andreas (2005). "Revere (Tracor) RCU-2/ADR-8". Directory of U.S. Military Rockets and Missiles. designation-systems.net. http://www.designation-systems.net/dusrm/r-8.html. Retrieved 2014-05-11.
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