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Williams F121 / WR36-1



The Williams F121 (company designation WR36-1) is a small turbofan engine designed for use in the AGM-136 Tacit Rainbow anti-radiation cruise missile.

The F121 engine had a rare set of design parameters as it is designed to be used only once. As a cruise missile engine, it was designed to have a long shelf life (be able to sit around unused for long periods of time) and then operate when needed for several hours. It was designed to power the AGM-136 Tacit Rainbow, which was to be a stand-off anti radiation missile. Its first flight was on July 30, 1984. The AGM-136 program was canceled several years later.

Another unique feature of the engine is that it was started with an explosive cartridge because it couldn't start while still mated to its aircraft.

In the late 2000s, the engine was being used by the Naval Air Warfare Center at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake to test fuel performance and additives.


Type: Single Spool Turbofan
Length: 40 in (1.01 m)
Diameter: 8.5 in (0.22 m)
Dry weight: 49 lb (22.22 kg)
Compressor: 1 stage axial fan, 6-stage axial compressor
Combustors: Turboméca Piméné-type
Turbine: 2-stage axial
Maximum thrust: 70 lbf (0.31 kN)
Bypass ratio: 1.7:1
Thrust-to-weight ratio: 1.43:1






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