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.
For an alphabetical list by missile name, see the list of missiles.
As of 2009[update], 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."
The NATO reporting name of each missile is shown in parentheses behind the proper name.
(Above missile prototypes made by Houwteq, none entered production)
(Above missiles made by Denel Dynamics)
US DoD 4120 Mission Design Series (MDS) Designators and Symbols for Guided Missiles, Rockets, Probes, Boosters, and Satellites.
|Status Prefix||Launch Environment||Basic Mission||Vehicle Type|
|C – Captive||A – Air||C – Transport||B – Booster|
|D – Dummy||B – Multiple||D – Decoy||M – Guided Missile|
|J – Special Test (Temporary)||C – Coffin||E – Electronic/Communications||N – Probe|
|M – Maintenance||F – Individual||G – Surface Attack||R – Rocket|
|N – Special Test (Permanent)||G – Surface||I – Aerial/Space Intercept||S – Satellite|
|X – Experimental||H – Silo Stored||L – Launch Detection/Surveillance|
|Y – Prototype||L – Silo-Launched||M – Scientific/Calibration|
|Z – Planning||M – Mobile||N – Navigation|
|P – Soft Pad||Q – Drone|
|R – Ship||S – Space Support|
|S – Space||T – Training|
|U – Underwater||U – Underwater Attack|
|W – Weather|
Sample Missile MDS – "BGM-109G" or LGM-30G-Silo Launched Surface Attack Guided Missile
|Launch Environment||Multiple||– B|
|Basic Mission||Surface Attack||– G|
|Vehicle Type||Guided Missile||– M|
|Design Number||109th Missile Design||– 109|
|Series||7th Version of the Design||– G|
The list of U. S. missiles, sorted by ascending MDS number:
|Status Prefix||Launch Environment||Target Environment||System Designation||Developing Service||Sequence Number||Modification Suffix|
|R – Research||A – Air||A – Air||M – Missile||A – Air Force|
|T – Training||S – Surface||S – Surface||G – Army|
|X – Experimental||U – Underwater||U – Underwater||N – Navy|
|Y – Service Test|
Test Vehicle Designations
|Basic Mission||System Designation||Developing Service||Sequence Number||Modification Suffix|
|C – Control||TV – Test Vehicle||A – Air Force|
|L – Launching||G – Army|
|P – Propulsion||N – Navy|
|R – Research|
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"
|Launch Environment||S – Surface||S|
|Target Environment||S – Surface||S|
|System Designation||M – Missile||M|
|Developing Service||A – Air Force||A|
|Sequence Number||Sequential Number||2|
|Modification Suffix||Not Used|
Sample Test Vehicle Designation "RTV-G-1 WAC Corporal"
|System Designation||TV – Test Vehicle||TV|
|Developing Service||G – Army||G|
|Modification Suffix||Not Used|
United States Air Force Designation System, 1947–1951
The list of missiles sorted by ascending Air Force 1947–1951 designations.
United States Air Force Designation System, 1951–1955
During this timeframe, the U.S. Air Force treated missiles as pilotless aircraft.
|Basic Mission||Sequence Number||Modification 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.
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.
United States Air Force Designation System, 1955–1963
|Status Prefix||Basic Mission||Sequence Number||Modification Series|
|H – Hardened||GAM – Guided Air-Launched Missile|
|R – Reconnaissance||GAR – Guided Air-Launched Rocket|
|S – Space||IM – Intercept Missile|
|T – Training||RM – Research Missile|
|U – Training||SM – Strategic Missile|
|X – Experimental||TM – 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.
Sample Air Force 1955–1963 designation: "XSM-73"
|Basic Mission||Strategic Missile||SM|
|Sequence Number||6th non-GAR missile after 67||73|
|Modification Series||Not Used|
The list of missiles sorted by ascending Air Force 1955–1963 designations.
United States Navy Designation System 1941 – 1945
The list of missiles sorted by ascending Navy 1941 – 1945 designations.
|Pre-Fix||Basic Mission||Manufacturer Code|
|X – Experimental||BD – Assault Drone||D – McDonnell|
|LB – Bomb Carrying Glider||E – Pratt-Read|
|TD – Target Drone||P – Piper|
|T – Taylorcraft|
United States Navy Designation System 1946 – 1947
|Basic Mission||Manufacturer Sequence Number||Manufacturer Code|
|KA – Antiaircraft||None – First Missile Constructed by Manufacturer||D – McDonnell|
|KD – Drone||2 – Second Missile Constructed by Manufacturer||M – Martin|
|KG – Ground Attack||3 – 3rd Missile Constructed by Manufacturer||N – Naval Air Material Unit|
|KS – Antiship||Q – Fairchild|
|KU – Research and Test||S – Sperry|
|Y – Convair|
|W – Willys-Overland|
The list of missiles sorted by ascending Navy 1946–1947 designations.
United States Navy Designation System 1947 – 1963
The list of missiles sorted by ascending Navy 1947–1963 designations.
United States Army Designation System 1941 – 1947
|Designation||Function||Period of Usage|
|BG – Bomb Glider||Glider with explosive warhead||1942 to 1944|
|BQ – Guided Bomb||Ground-launched remote controlled drone||1942 to 1945|
|GB – Glide Bomb||Guided Bomb||1941 to 1947|
|GT – Glide Torpedo||Guided Bomb with a torpedo||1943 to 1947|
|JB – Jet Bomb||Missile||1943 to 1947|
|VB – Vertical Bomb||Guided Bomb||1943 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.
United States Army Designation System 1955 – 1963
|Prefix||Army Ordnance Designator||Equipment Category Sequence Number||Modification Suffix|
|X – Pre Production||M – Ordnance Designator|
The list of missiles sorted by ascending Army 1955–1963 designations.
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.
The list of X designated United States missiles numerically: