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Type Surface-to-air missile
Place of origin USA
Service history
Used by United States Navy
Production history
Designed 1968

RIM-85 was a short-lived project by the United States Navy to develop a surface-to-air missile for the defense of naval vessels. Developed during the late 1960s, the project was cancelled before the start of detailed design work.

Development and cancellation

During the 1960s, the United States Navy identified a requirement for a new type of surface-to-air missile, capable of defending ships against attack by enemy aircraft and missiles.[1] The resulting specification called for a medium-range missile, capable of being used in all weather conditions;[1][2] in addition to its air defense role, the missile was intended to possess a secondary capability in the surface-to-surface mission for use against enemy ships.[1][2]

In July 1968, the project was assigned the Mission Designation System designation ZRIM-85A,[1][3] the "Z" indicating a project in the planning stage;[4] however, the program was cancelled later that year, before any significant design work on the missile, or any development of hardware, had been conducted.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Parsch 2002
  2. ^ a b Morison and Rowe 1975, p.216.
  3. ^ Andrade 1979, p.235.
  4. ^ Parsch 2009
  • Andrade, John (1979). U.S. Military Aircraft Designations and Serials since 1909. Leicester, UK: Midland Counties Publications.  
  • Morison, Samuel L.; John S. Rowe (1975). The Ships & Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet (10th ed.). Annapolis, MD: United States Naval Institute.  
  • Parsch, Andreas (2002). "RIM-85". Directory of U.S. Military Rockets and Missiles. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  • Parsch, Andreas (2009). "Current Designations of U.S. Unmanned Military Aerospace Vehicles". Retrieved 2011-01-26. 

External links

  • "DOD 4120.15-L: Model Designation of Military Aerospace Vehicles" (PDF). 
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