Teledyne CAE J402-CA-400 Turbojet Engine


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This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Teledyne CAE J402-CA-400 Turbojet Engine

Collection Item Summary:

Teledyne CAE began developing the J402-CA-400 (CAE Model 370) in 1972 to power the U.S. Navy's McDonnell Douglas AGM-84A Harpoon, an antiship missile that could be launched from surface ships, aircraft, and submarines. A rocket booster stage launched and initially powered the missile, was jettisoned after burnout, and the J402 engine then powered the Harpoon for the rest of its brief flight.

Designed as an expendable, short-life engine, the J402 was the first small turbojet missile engine designed for long-term storage without maintenance and, for this reason, has been called a "wooden round" propulsion system. The first production J402 was delivered in 1975, and has a number of variants. By the early 1990s, the Harpoon was the most widely deployed missile in the U.S. Navy and was also used by the U.S. Air Force and other naval forces.

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Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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


Continental, Inc.

Credit Line

Gift of Teledyne CAE


Length 74.8 cm (29.44 in.), Width 31.8 cm (12.52 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America



Physical Description

  • Type: Turbojet
  • Thrust: 2,937 N (660 lb) at 41,200 rpm
  • Compressor: Single-stage axial, single-stage centrifugal
  • Combustor: Annular
  • Turbine: Single-stage axial
  • Weight: 46.0 kg (101.5 lb)


PROPULSION-Turbines (Jet)

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