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Winston

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3150(!) produced. 200 of the unguided rockets remained in service until 1988, a lot longer than I would have guessed! 1.5 kt W25 nuclear warhead.


 

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I've seen a few unarmed Genie's in my time.
Thats the 1st time I've seen video of the detonation.
Talk about killing ants with dynamite!

Thanks for posting!
 

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Got to work on an aircraft in the alert "barn" that was loaded "hot" with one.
Somewhat of an eerie feeling....
 

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So you're in a F106 screaming towards a formation of Bears at M2.5 in full AB to engage.
12 seconds from launch to detonation and point to target engagement...
Down and out is your only real egress option with acceptable G loading, then again you are already beyond Bingo fuel.
 

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Down and out is your only real egress option with acceptable G loading, then again you are already beyond Bingo fuel.
Some of the pilots had confided to us maintenance troops that if all the fire control systems failed, they planned on ramming the threat... something about if they couldn't stop them, there would be nothing worth coming home to.
 

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I was amazed by the fact that they were still operational until 1988, an unguided air-to-air nuke that was detonated with a timer? I can't find anything that says how it was detonated other than mention of a safing (to delay detonation until at safe distance away from launching aircraft) and detonation timer.

The following GREAT PDF that also discusses Genie's warhead safety issues says, "...thought was given to equipping it with a radar proximity fuze to improve its reliability in an ECM environment", but how could ECM have interfered with an internal timer? It couldn't. That's why I think it must not have been detonated by timer as the only fuzing option.

NUCLEAR ARMAMENT ITS ACQUISITION, CONTROL AND APPLICATION TO MANNED INTERCEPTORS 1951-1963


MMB-l.

Almost from the day the MB-l came off the drawing board, thought was given to equipping it with a radar proximity fuze to improve its reliability in an ECM environment. Originally proposed by ADC in 1955, the plan for an MB-l proximity fuze dragged on several years before finally being approved. Not till October 1961 was a contract awarded to the Douglas Aircraft Company to develop a nose cone containing both a timer and a proximity fuze, with a view to perfecting the MMB-l "Super Genie," as it was called, for operational use by 1963. Air Force Systems Command foresaw an increased kill probability for the MMB-l since aircrews, prior to triggering
[launching - W] their "Super Genies," would select the fuze best suited to their targets. The first MMB-l prototype was readied for testing in February 1963; but a hitch occured in the plans. Mounting costs for MMB-l development, together with Defense Department cuts in USAF development funds, had placed the project squarely in competition with higher-priority projects for additional USAF funds. The upshot was that the MMB-l's downfall as a going project was precipitated. Notwithstanding ADC's strongest protests, further MMB-l development was officially cancelled on 5 March 1963.

EDIT: I think the ECM issue was due to possible jamming/spoofing of the ranging radar of the launching aircraft, not of anything on the Genie. So, it was just a timer:


The Genies had a detonation timer that started after engine burn-out; lethal radius was about 300 meters (1,000 feet). It was intended for "collision-course" intercepts, the interceptor crossing the path of the target, instead of chasing it from the tail; the interceptor's fire-control system computer [calculated] the optimum trajectory to the target with the nuclear warhead eliminating the need for a guidance system.
 
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The Genie also lacked a PAL.
The pilot and the weapons officer of the F101 each had a switch to flip prior to launch.
 

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The F-102 and F-106 both carried the Genie and were single pilot aircraft.
 

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Yah, just!

I also believe that the F-100 had a single pilot nuclear mission in Europe. lobbing a 20KT Mk7 device.
 
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