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VB-6 Felix

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colspan="2" Template:WPMILHIST Infobox style | VB-6 Felix
Type anti-ship missile / guided bomb
Place of origin United States
colspan="2" Template:WPMILHIST Infobox style | Service history
In service never used operationally
Wars World War II
colspan="2" Template:WPMILHIST Infobox style | Production history
Designer National Defense Research Committee
Produced 1945
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Weight 1202 lb (545 kg)
Length 91.2 in (231.6 cm)
Diameter 18.6 in (47.2 cm)

Warhead amatol explosive
Warhead weight 1000 pounds (454 kg)

Engine none

The VB-6 Felix was a precision guided munition developed by the United States during World War Two. It was one of the precursors of modern anti-ship missiles.

Created by the National Defense Research Committee, Felix relied on infrared to detect and home on targets, in clear weather, especially ships at sea at night. It was this property which earned the weapon its name, after the ability of cats to see in the dark.

Felix was a 1000 pound (454 kg) general purpose (GP) bomb with an infrared seeker in the nose and octagonal guidance fins in the tail. Unlike other weapons, such as Fritz X, Felix was autonomous (what a later generation would call launch and leave), though there was a flare in the tail for tracking.

Successful trials led to Felix being put in production in 1945, but the Pacific War ended before it entered combat.


  • Fitzsimons, Bernard, editor. "Felix", in The Illustrated Encyclopedia of 20th Century Weapons and Warfare. Volume 9, p.926. London: Phoebus Publishing, 1978.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "VB-6 Felix".