|Place of origin||United States|
|Used by||United States Air Force|
|Manufacturer||Chrysler Corporation Missile Division|
The AGM-80 Viper was an air-to-surface missile developed by the Chrysler Corporation Missile Division in the 1960s for use by the United States Air Force. Based on the AGM-12 Bullpup, the program was cancelled early in trials.
History[edit | edit source]
Viper was designed as a "self-guided standoff munition" for use in the Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses ("Iron Hand") role. The Viper, based on the AGM-12C/E Bullpup missile, was fitted with an inertial guidance system, and had a radar altimeter-based fuse to ensure an airburst of the weapon's bomblet payload. It was developed in competition with the AGM-79 Blue Eye missile, but was cancelled in the early 1970s, shortly after the start of flight tests of the prototype missiles, designated XAGM-80A.
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Citations[edit | edit source]
- Knacck 1978, p. 274
- Parsch 2002
- Committee on Armed Services 1968, p. 125.
- Blake 1988, p. 959.
Bibliography[edit | edit source]
- Blake, Bernard. Jane's Weapon Systems, 1988-89. London: Jane's Information Group. ISBN 978-0-7106-0855-0.
- Committee on Armed Services (1968). U.S. Tactical Air Power Program: Hearings Before the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services, Preparedness Investigating Subcommittee, Ninetieth Congress, Second Session, on May 17, 28, June 6, 1968. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office. ASIN B000UD3LJO.
- Knacck, Marcelle Size (1978). Encyclopedia of US Air Force Aircraft and Missile Systems, Volume 1: Post-World War II Fighters, 1945-1973. Washington, D.C.: Office of Air Force History. ASIN B000GLDM6M.
- Parsch, Andreas (23 January 2002). "Chrysler AGM-80 Viper". Designation-Systems. Archived from the original on 2017-12-20. https://web.archive.org/web/20171220074118/http://www.designation-systems.net/dusrm/m-80.html. Retrieved 2017-12-20.
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