Poseidon C-3 Missile


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Rockets and Missiles exhibition at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Collection Item Summary:

This is a U.S. Navy Poseidon C-3 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), deployed from 1971 to the early 1990s. Developed by Lockheed as a successor to the first-generation Polaris SLBM, Poseidon C-3s were two-stage, solid-fuel missiles with a range of approximately 5,300 km (3,300 miles). Sixteen missiles were carried on an individual ballistic missile submarine, with each missile having up to 14 independently targetable nuclear warheads. This Poseidon C-3 was assembled from spare parts by Lockheed and donated by the U.S. Navy to NASM in 1973.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Transferred from the United States Navy

Country of Origin

United States of America


  • Missile is fiberglass, metal, and wood
  • Dollies are metal


Overall: 36 ft. long x 6 ft. 2 in. diameter, 6830 lb. (1097.28 x 187.96cm, 3098.1kg)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets

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