List of missiles by country

This list of missiles by country displays the names of missiles in order of the country where they originate (were developed), with the countries listed alphabetically and annotated with their continent (and defence alliance, if applicable). In cases where multiple nations have developed or produced a missile, it is listed under each significantly participating nation. Within the lists of each country, missiles are ordered by designation and/or calling name (the latter being especially relevant for Russian/Soviet missiles). In some cases multiple listings are used, in order to provide cross-references for easier navigation.

This is not a list of missiles in operational service by a particular country; nor a list of military rockets.

For an alphabetical list by missile name, see the list of missiles.






European joint-venture



A modern Germany Air Force IRIS-T infrared homing air-to-air missile
Model of IDAS of the German Navy.

German missiles of WW2


BrahMos shown at IMDS 2007.
ICBM Agni-V missile at the Republic day parade in New Delhi.[1]


As of 2009, Iran has an active interest in developing, acquiring, and deploying a broad range of ballistic missiles, as well as developing a space launch capability. In mid-July 2008, Iran launched a number of ballistic missiles during military exercises, reportedly including the medium-range Shahab-3. Iran announced other missile and space launch tests in August and November 2008. In February 2009, Iran announced it launched a satellite into orbit and "officially achieved a presence in space."[3]

Raduga Kh-55 Air-launched strategic cruise missile
SS-N-22 Sunburn Anti-ship missiles
P-800 Oniks(SS-NX-26 Yakhont) Anti-ship cruise missile
SA-2 Guideline Anti-air defense missile






North Korea



The Ghauri ballistic missile (centre) on display at the IDEAS 2008 defence exhibition, Karachi, mounted in its launch mechanism on the transporter erector launcher (TEL).

South Korea

Russia and the Soviet Union

By Russian designation

The NATO reporting name of each missile is shown in parentheses behind the proper name.

By NATO name


South Africa

RSA Series

(Above missiles made by Houwteq)


(Above missiles made by Denel Dynamics)




United Kingdom

United States

Missile Design Series (Unified)

US DoD 4120 Mission Design Series (MDS) Designators and Symbols for Guided Missiles, Rockets, Probes, Boosters, and Satellites.[15]

Status Prefix Launch Environment Basic Mission Vehicle Type
C - Captive A - Air C - Transport B - Booster
D - Dummy B - Multiple D - Decoy M - Guided Missile
J - Special Test (Temporary) C - Coffin E - Electronic/Communications N - Probe
M - Maintenance F - Individual G - Surface Attack R - Rocket
N - Special Test (Permanent) G - Surface I - Aerial/Space Intercept S - Satellite
X - Experimental H - Silo Stored L - Launch Detection/Surveillance
Y - Prototype L - Silo-Launched M - Scientific/Calibration
Z - Planning M - Mobile N - Navigation
P - Soft Pad Q - Drone
R - Ship S - Space Support
S - Space T - Training
U - Underwater U - Underwater Attack
W - Weather

Sample Missile MDS - "BGM-109G"[15]

Launch Environment Multiple - B
Basic Mission Surface Attack - G
Vehicle Type Guided Missile - M
Design Number 109th Missile Design - 109
Series 7th Version of the Design - G

The list of U. S. missiles, sorted by ascending MDS number:

Joint Designation System of 1947

Status Prefix Launch Environment Target Environment System Designation Developing Service Sequence Number Modification Suffix
R - Research A - Air A - Air M - MissileA - Air Force
T - Training S - Surface S - Surface G - Army
X - Experimental U - Underwater U - Underwater N - Navy
Y - Service Test

Test Vehicle Designations[17]

Basic Mission System Designation Developing Service Sequence Number Modification Suffix
C - Control TV - Test Vehicle A - Air Force
L - Launching G - Army
P - Propulsion N - Navy
R - Research

Sequence Numbers:

Air Force: Consecutive numerical sequence for each missile mission type.

Army: Single numerical sequence until 1948 when the sequence numbers were restarted.

Navy: Initially even numbers transitioning to sequential.

Sample Vehicle Designation "SSM-A-2 Navaho"

Prefix Not Used
Launch Environment S - Surface S
Target Environment S - Surface S
System Designation M - Missile M
Developing Service A - Air Force A
Sequence Number Sequential Number 2
Modification Suffix Not Used

Sample Test Vehicle Designation "RTV-G-1 WAC Corporal"

Basic Mission Research R
System Designation TV - Test Vehicle TV
Developing Service G - Army G
Sequence Number 1
Modification Suffix Not Used

United States Air Force Designation Systems

United States Air Force Designation System, 1947–1951

The list of missiles sorted by ascending Air Force 1947–1951 designations.[17]

United States Air Force Designation System, 1951–1955[17]

During this timeframe, the U.S. Air Force treated missiles as pilotless aircraft.[17]

Basic Mission Sequence Number Modification Series
B - Bomber "Ground Attack Missile"
F - Fighter "Anti-Aircraft Missile"
X - Experimental

The list of missiles sorted by ascending Air Force 1951–1955 designations.

1A version of the Falcon missile was briefly designated the F-104 before it was re-designated as the F-98.[17]

2The X-11 and X-12 designations were assigned to one and three engine test missiles that would have been used to develop a five engine version of the Atlas missile.[17]

United States Air Force Designation System, 1955–1963[17]

Status Prefix Basic Mission Sequence Number Modification Series
H - Hardened GAM - Guided Air-Launched Missile
R - Reconnaissance GAR - Guided Air-Launched Rocket
S - Space IM - Intercept Missile
T - Training RM - Research Missile
U - Training SM - Strategic Missile
X - Experimental TM - Tactical Missile
Y - Service Test

For all basic missions except GAR (which started at 1) the sequence number started after 67 which was the last bomber designation used for guided missiles.[17]

Sample Air Force 1955–1963 designation: "XSM-73"

Status Prefix Experimental X
Basic Mission Strategic Missile SM
Sequence Number 6th non-GAR missile after 67 73
Modification Series Not Used

The list of missiles sorted by ascending Air Force 1955–1963 designations.

United States Navy Designation Systems

United States Navy Designation System 1941 - 1945[17]

The list of missiles sorted by ascending Navy 1941 - 1945 designations.

Pre-Fix Basic Mission Manufacturer Code
X - Experimental BD - Assault Drone D - McDonnell
LB - Bomb Carrying Glider E - Pratt-Read
TD - Target Drone P - Piper
T - Taylorcraft

United States Navy Designation System 1946 - 1947[17]

Basic Mission Manufacturer Sequence Number Manufacturer Code
KA - Anti-Aircraft None - First Missile Constructed by Manufacturer D - McDonnell
KD - Drone 2 - Second Missile Constructed by Manufacturer M - Martin
KG - Ground Attack 3 - 3rd Missile Constructed by Manufacturer N - Naval Air Material Unit
KS - Anti-Ship Q - Fairchild
KU - Research and Test S - Sperry
Y - Convair
W - Willys-Overland

The list of missiles sorted by ascending Navy 1946-1947 designations.[17]

United States Navy Designation System 1947 - 1963

The list of missiles sorted by ascending Navy 1947-1963 designations.[17]

United States Army Designation Systems

United States Army Designation System 1941 - 1947[17]

Designation Function Period of Usage
BG - Bomb GliderGlider with explosive warhead1942 to 1944
BQ - Guided BombGround-launched remote controlled drone1942 to 1945
GB - Glide BombGuided Bomb1941 to 1947
GT - Glide TorpedoGuided Bomb with a torpedo1943 to 1947
JB - Jet BombMissile 1943 to 1947
VB - Vertical BombGuided Bomb 1943 to 1947

The list of missiles sorted by ascending Army 1941-1947 designations.

United States Army Designation System 1948 - 1955

The list of missiles sorted by ascending Army 1948 - 1955 designations.[17]

United States Army Designation System 1955 - 1963

Prefix Army Ordnance Designator Equipment Category Sequence Number Modification Suffix
X - Pre Production M - Ordnance Designator

The list of missiles sorted by ascending Army 1955-1963 designations.[17]

United States Undesignated Missiles

The list of undesignated United States missiles sorted alphabetically:

  • SIAM
  • Skokie I
  • Skokie II
  • SLAM
  • Spike
  • Sprint
  • SR19/SR19
  • Storm
  • T-16
  • T-22
  • Talos-Sergeant-Hydac
  • Trailblazer 2
  • Wagtail
  • Wizard

1Australian target missile briefly used by the United States Navy.

2The United States procured Rapier missile systems for the air defense of United States Air Force Bases in the United Kingdom.

United States Missiles with X Designations

The list of X designated United States missiles numerically:

See also


  1. "After Agni-5, DRDO sets eye on 10,000 km range ballistic missiles - Firstpost". Firstpost. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  2. "List of important Missiles of India for IBPS SBI SSC and all other Competitive Exams 2015 | Bank4Study". Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  3.  This article incorporates public domain material from the Congressional Research Service document "Iran's Ballistic Missile Programs: An Overview".
  10. "Europe | Russia tests long-range missile". BBC News. 2007-05-29. Retrieved 2015-12-24.
  11. "RSA-1". 2007-10-20.
  12. "RSA-2". 2007-10-20.
  13. "RSA-3". 2007-10-20.
  14. "RSA-4". 2007-10-20.
  15. 1 2 Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (AT&L), DoD 4120.15-L Model Designation of Military Aerospace Vehicles, Department of Defense, May 12, 2004
  16. 1 2 3 4 Bridges Derek. (2007) M-Missiles, , retrieved December 25, 2007
  17. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Andreas Parsch, Pre-1963 Designations of U.S. Missile and Drones, , Retrieved November 17, 2007.
  18. Missile's Mission: Picking Off The Strays, October 1950, Popular Science detailed article
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