PC 1400 FX "Fritz X"

A "Fritz X" guided bomb at the USAF Museum.


Type: Radio controlled glide bomb
Over-All Length: 130 in.
Length Of The Control Unit Housing: 16 in.
Length Of Fins At The Root: 31 5/8 in.
Length Of Fins At Outer Edge: 18 1/4 in.
Length Of Fin At Leading Edge: 18 5/8 in.
  Max. Width Of Tail Width: 48 in.
Min. Width Of Tail Width: 33 3/4 in.
Span Of The Fins: 58 3/4 in.
Weight Of Filling: 270 kg.
Total Weight (Approximate): 1,650 kg.

DESCRIPTION: The PC 1400 FX is a radio controlled glider bomb designed for attacks against capital ships or similar targets. The complete missile consists of three distinct units, the H.E. armour piercing warhead, the control unit housing, and the tail assembly. There are four aluminum alloy fins secured to the missile at approximately the center of gravity. The purpose of these fins is to give the bomb sufficient lift so that the control surfaces in the tail unit can exercise adequate influence.

WARHEAD: The warhead is an ordinary PC 1400 kg bomb to which the four above mentioned fins have been attached. It has one transverse fuze pocket located aft the H-type suspension lug. Two horizontal exploder tubes are centered in the warhead to insure high order detonation on impact. The usual filling for the warhead is 50/50 amatol.

FUZING: The type fuzing generally used has the El. A. Z. 38B electrical impact fuze set to operate with a very short delay. The fuze is sometimes fitted with an extension cap. Alternative fuzes have been found in the missile are the El. A. Z. 28A and the El. A. Z. 35. The wiring diagrams and the operation of each of these fuzes can be found in the bomb fuze section.
CONTROL UNIT HOUSING: The control unit housing, made of cast magnesium alloy.