|Type||Medium range surface-to-air missile|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Used by||United States Navy, and Others|
|Manufacturer||General Dynamics (Convair)|
|Mass||1,310 lb (590 kg)|
|Length||180 in (460 cm)|
|Diameter||13.5 in (34 cm)|
|Warhead||130 lb (59 kg) continuous-rod|
|Engine||Dual thrust, Solid-fuel rocket|
|Propellant||Solid Rocket Fuel|
|8.7 nmi (16.1 km; 10.0 mi) (RIM-24A)|
16 nmi (30 km; 18 mi) (RIM-24B)
17.5 nmi (32.4 km; 20.1 mi) (RIM-24C)
|Flight ceiling||50,000 ft (15 km) (RIM-24A)|
65,000 ft (20 km) (RIM-24B)
|Maximum speed||Mach 1.8|
The General Dynamics RIM-24 Tartar was a medium-range naval surface-to-air missile (SAM), among the earliest SAMs to equip United States Navy ships. The Tartar was the third of the so-called "3 Ts", the three primary SAMs the Navy fielded in the 1960s and 1970s, the others being the RIM-2 Terrier and RIM-8 Talos.
The Tartar was born of a need for a more lightweight system for smaller ships that could engage targets at very close range. Essentially, the Tartar was simply a RIM-2C Terrier without the secondary booster. The Tartar was never given a SAM-N-x designation and was referred to as Missile Mk 15 until the unified Army-Navy designation system was introduced in 1963.
The Tartar was used on several ships of a variety of sizes. Initially, the Mk 11 twin-arm launcher was used; later ships used the Mk 13 and Mk 22 single-arm launchers. Early versions proved to be unreliable. The Improved Tartar retrofit program upgraded the earlier missiles to the much improved RIM-24C standard. Further development was canceled, and a new missile, the RIM-66 Standard, was designed to replace it. Even after the upgrade to a new missile, ships were still said to be "Tartar ships" because they carried the Tartar Guided Missile Fire Control System.
A dedicated anti-ship version for the Federal German Navy carrying a Bullpup warhead was abandoned when Germany purchased MM38 Exocet instead.