In 1960 Hughes Aircraft began the development of a long-range air-to-air missile that, together with the AWG-9 radar, was installed on an F-111B aircraft to become the new interceptor for the US Navy. The missile was originally designated “AAM-N-11” and it was the most complex and expensive missile made to date. The new missile was based on the AIM-47 Falcon and AAM-N-10 Eagle missiles, created to equip several aircraft projected but never entered service in the USAF and US Navy. Finally the F-111B fighter was canceled in 1968, but it was decided to continue with what would have been its main weapon, the AIM-54 (ex AAM-N-11) Phoenix missile and its AWG-9 guidance radar. Both systems were included as part of a new fighter that was being developed in the US Navy’s VFX program, which would become the F-14 Tomcat fighter aircraft.

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Country of origin

United States


Hughes Aircraft


Long-range air-to-air missile

Entered service


Missile/bomb dimensions, (length x diameter)

4.01 x 0.38 meters

Missile/bomb weight

A variant: 447 kg – C variant: 463 kg

Missile speed

Mach 3.8 (4,655 km/h)

Missile range

150 km – 36,000 meters ceiling

Guidance system

Semi-active radar homing and terminal phase active radar homing

Warhead, (explosive charge)

Weight: 60 kg – Type: HE


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