The system tests shown in this film were conducted at the prototype SAFEGUARD installation at the Kwajalein Missile Range in the Pacific.
First intercept by a SPRINT of a target launched by a POLARIS-type test vehicle (Navy ship observation island in the mid-Pacific) was made in May 7, 1971.
MSR successfully detected and tracked a target launched by a TITAN-type missile from Vanderberg Air Force Rase. 4,200 miles away. The target nosecone was tracked to splashdown as shown a film.
Long range camera photographs of a SPARTAN missile in flight.
Successful intercept of POLARIS-type missile by SPRINT took place on November 9, and November 12, 1971. The film shows both intercepts. The target would have been destroyed if the SPRINT had been armed with an operational nuclear warhead.
Aerial view of Illeginal Island construction site. Site was completed during the report period and the first remote launch site intercept was fired from there on March 16, 1972.
Various scenes of construction work being accomplished on Perimeter Acquisition Pader site in North Dakota.
Various scenes of construction work being accomplished on MSR and SPARTAN and SPRINT cells in North Dakota some 18 miles from the PAR.
Flyover of remote launch site under construction in North Dakota.
Flyover and ground shots of PAR and MSR, respectively at the Montans site.
Full scale mockup of PAR (General Electric Syracuse Plant)
Various scenes of SPRINT missile fabrication (Martin-Marietta Facility, Orlando, Florida)
Site under construction to verify installation and test procedures for missile and launch cell equipment. (McDonnel-Louglas Facility, Huntington Beach, Calif.)
SPARTAN second stage motor nozzels being machined. (McDonnel-Douglas Facility, Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Integrated circuit packages are loaded into logic chassis, visually and electrically inspected and are placed in digital racks for SAFEGUARD's date processing system. (Western Electric Facility, Greensboro, North Carolina)
A tactical software control site has recently been completed in order to develop the sophisticated computer programs to operate and maintain the SAFEGUARD system. Since it is configured identically to that designed for tactical sites the control site will also be used to train SAFEGUARD installation and maintenance personnel (Mudison, New Jersey)
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Background: The system tests shown in this film were conducted at the prototype SAFEGUARD installation at the Kwajalein Missile Range in the Pacific. This installation includes a two-faced missile site radar (MSR) with its date processors, and SPRINT and SPARTAN launch cells. It does not include a Perimeter Acquisition Radar. Data from this radar is simulated using existing radars.
As of January 21, 1972, a total of 23 tests had been conducted, 21 involved missile launches and two were radar tracking exercises. Of the tests, 19 were successful, two were partially successful and two were unsuccessful. (There have been two successful tests since January 21, not covered in this report. One test, on March 16, 1972 was the first using a remote launch site on Illeginni Island, 18 miles from Meck Island where the MSR is located. All previous launches, had been from Meck Island.)
Production advancements made during the report period are shown on the systems main components, such as MSR, the SPARTAN and SPRINT missiles, the data processing equipment and the perimeter acquisition radar.
Constructions progress on various segments of the first SAFEGUARD installations in North Dakota and Montana is also shown.