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RB 69 Redeye

Robothistoriska Föreningen i Arboga


Sidan uppdaterad: 2016-03-09 17:55







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RB 69 Redeye


Scope of use

The surface-to-air missile 69 is a portable surface-to-air missile, which was manufactured in the USA under the name Redeye. It is fired from the gunner’s shoulder. The missile RB 69 is primarily intended for engagement against targets flying up to an altitude of 6.500 feet (2000 m).


The weapon is of the expendable type; it is spent, when the missile has been fired. The weapon is easily adapted to different assignments within the Army air defence. It can be brought along in any type of terrain and can be put in action within a few seconds at an early warning.

The homing of the missile operates within the IR band. The homing device locks itself on the target’s heat radiating parts and gives the missile such navigation signals to guide the missile to the aiming point, calculated by the homing unit.


The sight is of the open diopter type that can be turned up. A buzzer is attached to the sight and it should bear against the gunner’s cheekbone, slightly above his ear. From the buzzer the gunner will hear and feel a buzz coming from the homing device. The buzz will change dependent on the alignment of the homing device in relation to the IR beam. Prior to the firing of the missile the gunner can therefore determine, whether the homing device follows the target by squeezing the release button (gyro disengaged).



The missile, encased in the missile gun, includes a homing device, a control unit with control surfaces and a missile battery, a warhead with safety device and a rocket engine with tail fins. 


The initial booster stage (starter) will burn out before the missile has left the barrel. The sustainer motor does not ignite until it has reached a distance of 15 to 20 feet (5 – 6 m) away from the gunner, whereby he avoids to be hit by the rocket blast.


The warhead is unarmed as long as the missile is in the missile gun and also during the entire firing sequence. For the missile to be armed it requires that both the initial booster stage and the sustainer motor have ignited and have given a normal acceleration.  This means that the warhead is armed after a flight of approx. 300 feet (100 m.) A direct hit on the target will initiate the warhead explosion.

If the missile misses the target, it will be destroyed by the auto destruction after a flight of approximately 15 seconds.


The homing device is situated in the missile nose behind a glass dome. It reads the heat emission from the target in the IR-band. The signals are processed in the homing device and in the control unit electronics. These signals correct the gyro’s aim towards the target and give the rudder settings to the aiming point on the trajectory. This signal process is called trail chase guidance.    


The missile RB 69 has been in service in the Army during the year1 1970 - 1992


Technical data





(207 mm)




(70 mm)




(8,3 kg)


Missile Gun




(1.262 mm)

Weight (No missile)



(3,9 kg)

Weight (With missile)



(12,2 kg)






Missile types:


RB 07 Seacat


RBS 23 Bamse


RB 67/77 HAWK


RB 68 Bloodhound


RB 69 Redeye


RBS 70


RBS 90