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#1 Yama

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Posted 16 December 2010 - 1511 PM

This French naval SAM seems pretty obscure. It had a long career, something like 40 years (primarily on venerable Suffren class destroyers). It was apparently never exported and never fired in anger. Any word on its performance? Was it totally indigenous or based on some US missile? At least some versions look very much like Terrier missile.

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 0947 AM

This French naval SAM seems pretty obscure. It had a long career, something like 40 years (primarily on venerable Suffren class destroyers). It was apparently never exported and never fired in anger. Any word on its performance? Was it totally indigenous or based on some US missile? At least some versions look very much like Terrier missile.

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Going from 20 yr memory here; I think Mascara was based on US Terrier/SM-1. Performance would be closer to Terrier than SM-1. FAS may have the stats we need here; too lazy to look it up right now.

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 1104 AM

This French naval SAM seems pretty obscure. ... Was it totally indigenous or based on some US missile? At least some versions look very much like Terrier missile.

Masurca (MArine SURface Contre-Avions) was originally developed independently of Terrier but the definitive versions, Mk 2 Mod 2 beam rider, and Mk 2 Mod 3 semi-active, were said to incorporate technology from beam rider versions of Terrier (eg. RIM-2C/D) and the Tartar missiles actually used by France respectively, Tartar in turn being closely related to the second stage of SARH Terrier (RIM-2E/F) (photo's are Mk 2 Mod 3 and SARH Terrier or SM1). As to performance, Mk 2 Mod 2's capabilities were said to be marginal and it was retired after little active service in mid 70's, but beam riding Terrier capability was apparently also limited, and all the US naval SAM's had major reliability issues addressed in the intensive 'get well' program in the 60's, after which beam riding Terrier was little used (except nuclear version for the positive control). Mk.2 Mod 3 was further upgraded later on, presumably matching the level of Marine Nationale's SM1 MR's, though I don't know if those upgrades were as directly modelled on the US weapon. And while resembling the respective versions of Terrier, Masurca had different dimensions.

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Edited by JOE BRENNAN, 17 December 2010 - 1107 AM.





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