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. Anti-tank missiles are listed elsewhere

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



  • Ikara
  • Malkara (joint Australian/British)
  • Nulka active missile decoy designed to decoy antiship missiles away from their targets
  • ESSM
  • SM-3


  • A-Darter Fifth generation short range infrared homing air-to-air missile (joint South Africa/Brazil)
  • FOG-MPM Fiber-Optical-Guided-Multipurpose-missile.
  • AVMT-300 GPS and/or laser-guided long-range missile
  • MAA-1A Piranha short-range infrared-homing air-to-air missile.
  • MAA-1B Piranha air-to-air missile, also known as "Piranha II".
  • MSS-1.2 AC antitank guided missile.
  • MSA-3.1 AAé antiaircraft guided missile.
  • MAS-5.1 air-to-ground missile
  • MAR-1 antiradiation missile (ARM).
  • MAN-1 (MANSUP) antiship missile




European joint-venture



German missiles of World War II

antitank missile.



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."[8]





  • AAM-1 (Type 69 air-to-air missile)
  • AAM-2 (Program was canceled)
  • AAM-3 (Type 90 air-to-air missile)
  • AAM-4 (Type 99 air-to-air missile)
    • AAM-4B
  • AAM-5 (Type 04 air-to-air missile)
    • AAM-5B (Development)
  • ASM-1 (Type 80 air-to-ship missile)
  • ASM-1C (Type 91 air-to-ship missile)
  • ASM-2 (Type 93 air-to-ship missile)
    • ASM-2B
  • ATM-1 (Type 64 antitank missile)
  • ATM-2 (Type 79 antitank missile)
  • ATM-3 (Type 87 antitank missile)
  • ATM-4 (Type 96 multipurpose missile system)
  • ATM-5 (Type 01 light antitank missile)
  • ATM-6 (medium-range multipurpose missile)
  • SAM-1 (Type 81 short-range surface-to-air missile) (SAM)
    • SAM-1B
    • SAM-1C
  • SAM-2 (Type 91 man-portable surface-to-air missile) (SAM)
    • SAM-2B
  • SAM-3 (Type 93 short-range surface-to-air missile)
  • SAM-4 (Type 03 medium-range surface-to-air missile)
    • SAM-4B (Development)
  • Type 11 short-range surface-to-air missile (SAM)
  • SSM-1 (Type 88 surface-to-ship missile)
    • SSM-1C
  • SSM-1B (Type 90 ship-to-ship missile)
  • SM-3 Block-II/IIA (Joint development with the U.S.)
  • Type 73 (Type 73 lightweight torpedo)
  • Type 80 (Type 80 heavyweight torpedo)
  • Type 89 (Type 89 heavyweight torpedo)
  • Type 97 (Type 97 lightweight torpedo)
  • Type 07 (Type 07 Vertical Launched ASROC)


North Korea

  • Hwa song 2 missile
  • Hwa song 1 missile



South Korea


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

By NATO name


South Africa

RSA Series

(Above missile prototypes made by Houwteq, none entered production)


(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.[20]

Status Prefix Launch Environment Basic Mission Vehicle Type
C – CaptiveA – AirC – TransportB – Booster
D – DummyB – MultipleD – DecoyM – Guided Missile
J – Special Test (Temporary)C – CoffinE – Electronic/CommunicationsN – Probe
M – MaintenanceF – IndividualG – Surface AttackR – Rocket
N – Special Test (Permanent)G – SurfaceI – Aerial/Space InterceptS – Satellite
X – ExperimentalH – Silo StoredL – Launch Detection/Surveillance
Y – PrototypeL – Silo-LaunchedM – Scientific/Calibration
Z – PlanningM – MobileN – Navigation
P – Soft PadQ – Drone
R – ShipS – Space Support
S – SpaceT – Training
U – UnderwaterU – Underwater Attack
W – Weather

Sample Missile MDS – "BGM-109G"[20] or LGM-30G-Silo Launched Surface Attack Guided Missile

Launch EnvironmentMultiple– B
Basic MissionSurface Attack– G
Vehicle TypeGuided Missile– M
Design Number109th Missile Design– 109
Series7th Version of the Design– G

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

Joint Designation System of 1947

Status PrefixLaunch EnvironmentTarget EnvironmentSystem DesignationDeveloping ServiceSequence NumberModification Suffix
R – ResearchA – AirA – AirM – MissileA – Air Force
T – TrainingS – SurfaceS – SurfaceG – Army
X – ExperimentalU – UnderwaterU – UnderwaterN – Navy
Y – Service Test

Test Vehicle Designations[22]

Basic MissionSystem DesignationDeveloping ServiceSequence NumberModification Suffix
C – ControlTV – Test VehicleA – Air Force
L – LaunchingG – Army
P – PropulsionN – 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"

PrefixNot Used
Launch EnvironmentS – SurfaceS
Target EnvironmentS – SurfaceS
System DesignationM – MissileM
Developing ServiceA – Air ForceA
Sequence NumberSequential Number2
Modification SuffixNot Used

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

Basic MissionResearchR
System DesignationTV – Test VehicleTV
Developing ServiceG – ArmyG
Sequence Number1
Modification SuffixNot 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.[23]

United States Air Force Designation System, 1951–1955[22]

During this timeframe, the U.S. Air Force treated missiles as pilotless aircraft.[22]

Basic MissionSequence NumberModification Series
B – Bomber "Ground Attack Missile"
F – Fighter "Antiaircraft 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 redesignated as the F-98.[22]

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.[22]

United States Air Force Designation System, 1955–1963[22]

Status PrefixBasic MissionSequence NumberModification Series
H – HardenedGAM – Guided Air-Launched Missile
R – ReconnaissanceGAR – Guided Air-Launched Rocket
S – SpaceIM – Intercept Missile
T – TrainingRM – Research Missile
U – TrainingSM – Strategic Missile
X – ExperimentalTM – 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.[22]

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

Status PrefixExperimentalX
Basic MissionStrategic MissileSM
Sequence Number6th non-GAR missile after 6773
Modification SeriesNot 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[22]

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

Pre-FixBasic MissionManufacturer Code
X – ExperimentalBD – Assault DroneD – McDonnell
LB – Bomb Carrying GliderE – Pratt-Read
TD – Target DroneP – Piper
T – Taylorcraft

United States Navy Designation System 1946 – 1947[22]

Basic MissionManufacturer Sequence NumberManufacturer Code
KA – AntiaircraftNone – First Missile Constructed by ManufacturerD – McDonnell
KD – Drone2 – Second Missile Constructed by ManufacturerM – Martin
KG – Ground Attack3 – 3rd Missile Constructed by ManufacturerN – Naval Air Material Unit
KS – AntishipQ – Fairchild
KU – Research and TestS – Sperry
Y – Convair
W – Willys-Overland

The list of missiles sorted by ascending Navy 1946–1947 designations.[22]

United States Navy Designation System 1947 – 1963

The list of missiles sorted by ascending Navy 1947–1963 designations.[22]

United States Army Designation Systems

United States Army Designation System 1941 – 1947[22]

DesignationFunctionPeriod 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 BombMissile1943 to 1947
VB – Vertical BombGuided Bomb1943 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.[22]

United States Army Designation System 1955 – 1963

PrefixArmy Ordnance DesignatorEquipment Category Sequence NumberModification Suffix
X – Pre ProductionM – Ordnance Designator

The list of missiles sorted by ascending Army 1955–1963 designations.[22]

United States Undesignated Missiles

The list of undesignated United States missiles sorted alphabetically:

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


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  7. "Interview - Secretary, department of defence R&D and chairman, Defence Research and Development Organisation, Dr G. Satheesh Reddy". Force India. August 12, 2019.
  8.  This article incorporates public domain material from the Congressional Research Service document "Iran's Ballistic Missile Programs: An Overview".
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  16. "RSA-2". 2007-10-20. Archived from the original on 2012-06-19.
  17. "RSA-3". 2007-10-20. Archived from the original on 2014-08-05.
  18. "RSA-4". 2007-10-20. Archived from the original on 2014-08-05.
  20. 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
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  22. Andreas Parsch, Pre-1963 Designations of U.S. Missile and Drones, , Retrieved November 17, 2007.
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  24. Missile's Mission: Picking Off The Strays, October 1950, Popular Science detailed article
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