Directory of U.S. Military Rockets and Missiles
Appendix 4: Undesignated Vehicles
Target Rocket M2
Copyright © 2004 Andreas Parsch

Anti-Aircraft Target Rocket M2

During World War 2, the U.S. Army developed the Anti-Aircraft Target Rocket M2 to provide anti-aircraft gunners a training target which could simulate low-flying high-speed aircraft. The M2 was fired from a mobile launcher, and in exercises many rockets could be quickly fired in different directions for more realistic combat training. The solid-propellant rocket was fitted with three especially large plywood fins to facilitate optical spotting of the target.

Photo: via Ordway/Wakeford
Anti-Aircraft Target Rocket M2


Data for Anti-Aircraft Target Rocket M2:

Length1.50 m (4 ft 11 in)
Diameter8.3 cm (3.25 in)
Weight16 kg (35 lb)
Speed580 km/h (360 mph)
Range1.6 km (1 mile)
PropulsionSolid-fueled rocket

Main Sources

[1] Frederick I. Ordway III, Ronald C. Wakeford: "International Missile and Spacecraft Guide", McGraw-Hill, 1960

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Last Updated: 13 July 2004