The Raytheon MIM-23 HAWK is an American medium range surface-to-air missile. The HAWK was initially designed to destroy aircraft and was later adapted to destroy other missiles in flight.
The missile entered service in 1960, and a program of extensive upgrades has kept it from becoming obsolete.
It was superseded by the MIM-104 Patriot in United States Army service by 1994.
finally phased out of US service in 2002, the last users, the US
Marine Corps replacing it with the man-portable IR-guided visual range
FIM-92 Stinger. The missile was also produced outside the US in
Western Europe and Japan.
system consists of a large number of component elements. These
elements were typically fitted on wheeled trailers making the system
semi-mobile. During the system's 40-year life span, these components
were continually upgraded.