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Type 81

Country of Origin: Japan


The Type 81 Tan surface-to-air missile (SAM) (tan means "short," as in short-range) is launched from a four-rocket unit that consists of a pair of launch ramps with a missile rail on the top and bottom.

The missile has a blunt top cylinder configuration with cruciform cropped delta mainplanes and movable cruciform tailplanes. It is powered by a Nissan Motor solid-fuel rocket. Initial models exhausted a significant amount of white smoke that visually marked the launch site and...

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