The US Army's newest operational missile system, named Lacrosse, is claimed as the answer to the artilleryman's age-old dream of counting one target destroyed for one round fired.
LV missile truck
LV section of missile raised for assembly
SV soldiers handle section
MV assembly proceeds
CU soldier moves away from assembled section
CU soldiers handle wing
SV wing fitted
SV nose raised for assembly
CU soldiers look on
CU nose section handled
LV nose assembly in operation
CU fitting nose
CU final stage of nose fitting
SV soldier taps unit into position
MV officers look on
GV missile raised to firing position
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Background: The US Army's newest operational missile system, named Lacrosse, is claimed as the answer to the artilleryman's age-old dream of counting one target destroyed for one round fired. Aug 26, the Press were given a first demonstration of the weapon, near Frankfurt, W. Germany. The operation shown was assembly of the Lacrosse missile, which comes packed in a box for transport purposes. When the components are fitted together - in a matter of minutes - the missile is ready for firing.
After take-off, the launching vehicle can quickly move to another firing position, as the Lacrosse is guided on to its target by "impulses" from a ground forward guidance station.
The Lacrosse is nearly 20 feet long, is driven by solid propellent, and can carry a nuclear warhead. Its range is about 20 miles.