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V-2 Rocket
Aggregat 4 (A-4)
Vergeltungswaffe 2

Surface-to-Surface Missile

V-2 Rocket, Aggregat 4 (A-4), Vergeltungswaffe 2

Service Data:

In Service: 8 September 1944 to 1945

Production Data:

First Flight:
Manufacturer: Mittelwerk GmbH, Peenemünde
Number built: 6,000 all variants

Technical Data:

Type: Surface-to-Surface Missile

Guidance system: Gyroscope
Length: 14 m
Wingspan: 3.56 m
Diameter: 1.65 m
Weight: 12,900 kg
Engine: 1 × liquid fuel rocket engine producing up to to 25,000 kg of thrust
Maximum speed: 5,580 km/h
Range: 320 km
Warhead: 980 kg Amatol
Fuze: impact
Launch Platform: Mobile
Operators: Heer
A-4b / A-9
A-9 / A-10

Other: Missiles


The Aggregate 4 (A-4) was a ballistic missile and was also known as the V-2 Rocket and Vergeltungswaffe 2. Which was designed and developed by Dr.-Ing. Wernher von Braun in 1938 under the leadership of Dr. Walter Robert Dornberger, at the Army Research Center Peenemünde.

The Aggregate 4 (A-4) ballistic missile was 14 m long by 1.65 m in diameter and had a takeoff weight 12,900 kg. The rocket engine used in the Aggregate 4 (A-4), 1 × liquid fuel rocket engine producing up to to 25,000 kg of thrust , which was a pressure fed system using 25% liquid oxygen and 75% ethanol, to give a maximum thrust of 25,000 kg for 68 seconds of burn time, which was designed by Walter Thiel.


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Film Footage Gallery

The first clip shows a V-2 rocket being successfully launched from Peenemünde launch facility. The second clip shows an unsuccessful launch of a V-2 rocket from Peenemünde launch facility.The final clip shows the launching procedure for a V-2 rocket location unknown.

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