Original Soviet Cold War Era Inert 57mm S-5KP Anti-Armor HEAT Rocket - Dated 1968

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a wonderful example of a Soviet 57mm Anti-Armor rocket. The rocket is totally inert and unable to be rendered live again, with all explosive content removed, a display fuse and no propulsion charge. This example is in compliance per the current BATF regulations on inert ordnance and is not available for export.

The S-5 (first designated ARS-57) is a rocket weapon developed by the Soviet Air Force and used by military aircraft against ground area targets. It is in service with the Russian Air Force and various export customers. It is based on a German design from World War 2.

It is produced in a variety of subtypes with different warheads, including HEAT anti-armour (S-5K), high-explosive fragmentation (S-5M/MO), smoke, and incendiary rounds. Each rocket is about 1.4 meters (4 ft 6 in) long and weighs about 5 kg (11 lb), depending on warhead and fuze. Range is 3 to 4 kilometers (1.9 to 2.6 miles).

In 1946 the Soviet Nudelman Precision Engineering Design Bureau (then designated OKB-16) undertook technical research of unguided air to air missiles in aircraft armament. As part of the bureaus research, captured examples of the German 55mm R4M "Orkan" (Engl: Hurricane) unguided air to air missile were closely studied. After 5 years, the Soviet ministry of defense finally provided official status and funding of the project in 1951, originally as part of the air-to-air AS-5 weapon system for the MiG-19. The rockets were tested in a series of configurations on MiG-15bis and MiG-17 jets, with the final tests complete on a MiG-17PF in January 1955. The tests revealed that the rockets did not perform as expected against aerial targets. The rocket ARS-57 was accepted into service in April 1955, with a military designation S-5.

Apart from the Soviet Union and then Russia, S-5 rockets were produced among others in Poland. As of 2013, the only producers remained Belarus and Bulgaria.

This example is in wonderful condition and comes complete with an inert display fuse. There is no paint present on any of the components and there is faint stamping present in the tail section, one of which appears to be a 1968 date. All fins are present, as are the springs.

This is a great example of a hard to find rocket! Comes more than ready for display.

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