The Rise and Fall of Fritz X: The World’s First Precision-Guided Combat Weapon
Fritz X was the world's first precision-guided combat weapon used widely in World War II.
It was guided by a Kehl-Strasbourg radio control link, which allowed it to move in both horizontal and vertical directions while targeting a ship.
Despite Fritz X's precision, it had some dangerous drawbacks that made it vulnerable to enemy attacks.
Allies took advantage of the vulnerability and started deploying fighter craft and creating heavy smoke to prevent German bombardiers from seeing and guiding missiles.
The Allies even jammed the radio signals to completely disarm the Germans.
The following year, the Germans produced only 1,386 Fritz X missiles instead of 750 of them per month.
The Allies' countermeasures made the missiles less effective than previously thought by the German Axis power.
Fritz X carrying aircraft had to fly straight and level, making it vulnerable to attacks.
The vulnerabilities of Fritz X played a significant role in the Allies' victory in World War II.
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