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was brought forth by the Department of Army Chief of the Organization and Training Division that the warhead weight be reduced, with a resulting range Increase to 240 miles. But in May of that year, the Department of Army (DA) decided to continue the REDSTONE as a weapons project to gain the early thermo¬nuclear capability. To some extent, this shifted attention momentarily away from the REDSTONE as a possible long-range warhead carrier 1 After the DA decision, AFF embarked on a comprehensive study project that covered an optimum family of guided missiles. One of these was a short-range missile—75 miles—to support corps or army operations, and the CORPORAL, an on-the-shelf item, could partially meet this requirement during the interim before replacement by the solid-propellant SERGEANT. For medium-range operations, a new missile having a 150- mile capability was proposed for support of Army and Navy group operations. What was then considered as long-range would be achieved through development of a new 500-mile missile to replace the REDSTONE 2 . The 1,000-Mile Missile DA did not concur with AFF's 150 and 500 mile range proposals. Instead, they felt that efforts should be concentrated on developing one missile capable of a 1,000-mile powered flight and of being accurately guided the last 200 miles at a speed of Mach 3. Indications were that development of the 1,000-mile missile would start immediately, but, on 2 August 1954 the Army Chief of Staff directed further study covering surface-to-surface missile requirements 3 . ______________________________
1. Tech Rpt, Ord GM and Rkt Pros, REDSTONE, Vol IV, pp. 2-3; Ltr, OCO to RSA, 10 Jul 50, subj: Study Towards a 500-mile Wpn, cited in abv Tech Rpt; Memo, Org & Tng Div to AC/S G-3, 16 Feb 54, subj: Army GM Pro, cited in DA Pam 70-10, p. 35. 2. Memo, OCAFF to AC/S G-3, 25 May 54, subj: Surface-to-Surface GM Rqmts for Spt of Corps & Larger Units, cited in DA Pam 70-10, pp. 35-36. 3. DA Pam 70-10, p. 36.
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1. Tech Rpt, Ord GM and Rkt Pros, REDSTONE, Vol IV, pp. 2-3; Ltr, OCO to RSA, 10 Jul 50, subj: Study Towards a 500-mile Wpn, cited in abv Tech Rpt; Memo, Org & Tng Div to AC/S G-3, 16 Feb 54, subj: Army GM Pro, cited in DA Pam 70-10, p. 35. 2. Memo, OCAFF to AC/S G-3, 25 May 54, subj: Surface-to-Surface GM Rqmts for Spt of Corps & Larger Units, cited in DA Pam 70-10, pp. 35-36. 3. DA Pam 70-10, p. 36.
was brought forth by the Department of Army Chief of the Organization and Training Division that the warhead weight be reduced, with a resulting range Increase to 240 miles. But in May of that year, the Department of Army (DA) decided to continue the REDSTONE as a weapons project to gain the early thermo¬nuclear capability. To some extent, this shifted attention momentarily away from the REDSTONE as a possible long-range warhead carrier 1 After the DA decision, AFF embarked on a comprehensive study project that covered an optimum family of guided missiles. One of these was a short-range missile—75 miles—to support corps or army operations, and the CORPORAL, an on-the-shelf item, could partially meet this requirement during the interim before replacement by the solid-propellant SERGEANT. For medium-range operations, a new missile having a 150-mile capability was proposed for support of Army and Navy group operations. What was then considered as long-range would be achieved through development of a new 500-mile missile to replace the REDSTONE 2 . The 1,000-Mile Missile DA did not concur with AFF's 150 and 500 mile range proposals. Instead, they felt that efforts should be concentrated on developing one missile capable of a 1,000-mile powered flight and of being accurately guided the last 200 miles at a speed of Mach 3. Indications were that development of the 1,000-mile missile would start immediately, but, on 2 August 1954 the Army Chief of Staff directed further study covering surface-to-surface missile requirements 3 . ____________________ _
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