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Rocket Boost Motor - 'Mattina', GAF Ikara Missile, circa 1975 Object Reg. No: ST 042977

Summary:
The Mattina solid-propellant rocket boost motor was designed for installation in Ikara anti-submarine missiles built by the Government Aircraft Factories. Mattina is the clear launch boost motor which is attached to the rear of the main Murawa cruise rocket motor and is jettisoned soon after initial launch. These motors were made by the Maribrynong Explosives Factory in Melbourne who were contracted by GAF to carry out production of the propulsion system for Ikara. This motor was donated to the Museum by the Maribyrnong Explosives Factory in 1994.
Description:
Mattina motor is painted white overall with a narrow green band around the circumference.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Australia: Defence Department, Maribyrnong Explosives Factory
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: explosives factories, mattina, missiles, rocket motors
Themes this item is part of: Transport Collection, Maribyrnong Small Arms & Ammunition Factory, Government Aircraft Factories (GAF) Nomad, GAF Jindivik Target Aircraft, GAF Turana Guided Missile
Primary Classification: AIR TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Atmospheric Rockets
Tertiary Classification: rocket motors
Inscriptions: Stenciled with "RKT MOTOR.A0021 GM.K.78A1 S/N.64 MTR CLEAR LAUNCHER WPD TYPE 40".
Manufacturer: Australia: Supply Department, Government Aircraft Factories (GAF), Fishermans Bend (Fishermen's Bend), Victoria, Australia, 1963

Maribyrnong Explosives Factory was subcontracted by Government Aircraft Factories to develop and test the Ikara's propulsion systems.
Designer: Australia: Defence Department, Maribyrnong Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria, Australia, 1993

Maribyrnong Explosives Factory was subcontracted by Government Aircraft Factories to develop and test the Ikara's propulsion systems.

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