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ASM-N-5 Gorgon V
Type Air-to-surface missile
Place of origin  United States
Service history
Used by United States Navy
Production history
Designed 1950-1953
Manufacturer Glenn L. Martin Company
Number built 0
Weight 2,600 pounds (1,200 kg)
Length 28 feet 10 inches (8.79 m)

Warhead Chemical warfare agents

Engine None
Wingspan 10 feet (3.0 m)
34 mi (55 km)
Flight ceiling 35,000 feet (11,000 m)
Speed Mach 0.95

The ASM-N-5 Gorgon V was an unpowered air-to-surface missile, developed by the Glenn L. Martin Company during the early 1950s for use by the United States Navy as a chemical weapon delivery vehicle. Developed from the earlier PTV-N-2 Gorgon IV test vehicle, the program was cancelled without any Gorgon Vs seeing service.

Design and development

The Gorgon V project was begun in 1950 as a project to develop an air-to-surface missile capable of dispersing chemical warfare agents over a combat area.[1] The design of the missile was contracted to the Glenn L. Martin Company, which used the company's earlier PTV-N-2 Gorgon IV ramjet test missile as a basis for the weapon's design.[1] The Gorgon V was to be a long, slender missile, with swept wings and conventional tail.[1] The Gorgon IV's ramjet engine, slung underneath the missile's tail, was replaced in the Gorgon V with a X14A aerosol generator, developed by the Edo Aircraft Corporation.[2] Operational use of the Gorgon V was intended to be based on two missiles being carried by a launching aircraft.[2] These would be released at an altitude of 35,000 feet (11,000 m), the Gorgon V would be piloted by autopilot in a high-subsonic dive.[2][N 1] Upon reaching an altitude of 500 feet (150 m) or less, as measured by a radar altimeter, the aerosol generator would be activated, dispersing chemical agent over an area of up to 12 mi (20 km) by 5.6 mi (9 km).[1]

Development of the Gorgon V continued throughout the Korean War; in 1953, it was projected that the weapon would be ready for operational service by 1955.[2] However later that year, the Gorgon V was cancelled by the U.S. Navy;[4] it is unknown if any prototype vehicles had been constructed before the termination of the project.[1]


  1. One source indicates that the weapon may have been command-guided based on a television signal from the missile.[3]
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Parsch 2005
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Friedman 1982, p.201.
  3. Fahey 1958, p.32.
  4. Gunston 1979, p.121.

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