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Rocket Motor - 'Murawa', GAF Ikara Missile, 1970 Object Reg. No: ST 042976

The Murawa solid fuel, two-stage rocket motor was designed by Bristol Aerojet Ltd in the late 1950s as a powerplant for the Ikara guided anti-submarine missile developed by the Government Aircraft Factories in Australia. Ikara missiles were used by the Royal Navy, Royal Australian Navy, Royal New Zealand Navy as well as the navies of Chile and Brazil. Production began in 1963 and around 1400 Murawa units were built in Australia at the Maribrynong Explosives Factory in Melbourne which was sub-contracted by GAF to develop and test the Ikara propulsion system. This included the Mattina boost motor used to clear the launcher. Ikara was out of service by the early 1990s.

The Museum's Murawa rocket motor is a Model M.2073, serial no. 912 built in June 1970. It is stored in a custom-built metal transport container. It was donated to the Museum in 1994 by the Department of Defence, Maribrynong Explosives Factory.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Australia: Defence Department, Maribyrnong Explosives Factory
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: explosives factories, missiles, rocket motors
Themes this item is part of: Engineering Collection, 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
Manufacturer: Australia: Supply Department, Government Aircraft Factories (GAF), Fishermans Bend (Fishermen's Bend), Victoria, Australia, 1963
Manufacturer of Component: 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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