The United States' armed forces are testing their new cruise missile, a weapon of pinpoint accuracy and the focus of negotiations is the new US-Soviet arms agreement.
SV Underwater missile launcher
SV Rocket being fired up, out of water (2 shots)
GV Missile flying
"The sea launched cruise missiles were fired from a submerged torpedo tube. After clearing the tube, a rocket engine fired to lift and steer the missile to the surface. As this slow motion film shows the booster engine continued to fire as the missile came out of the water, extending its wings and tail as it climbed. These Navy missiles can be launched from submarines, ships, even aircraft. The rocket engine is designed to cut off at 1100 feet. After that a small jet engine will take over for long range flights. That engine was not tested on this first flight. The sea launched cruise missile is designed to fly 1500 or 2000 miles and his within 30 feet of its target. It will fly at very low altitude under enemy radar. Its range is a critical issue in the Strategic Arms Limitation talks. The Russians would like to restrict it to a mere 375 miles. While that debate continues, the Navy plans to continue development."
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Background: The United States' armed forces are testing their new cruise missile, a weapon of pinpoint accuracy and the focus of negotiations is the new US-Soviet arms agreement.
The cruise missile is a sophisticated version of the second World War German "buzz-bomb". The U.S. already has several hundred of the missiles capable of hitting a target 450 miles away, but a long range version able to fly at low altitude for more than 2,000 miles and his within 30 yards of a target, is being developed for tests next year.
The Navy is testing prototypes made by the Vought Corporation and General Dynamics. The film shows the launching of the General Dynamics version from underwater.
The missiles can carry a conventional or nuclear warhead. They are about 15 feet (4 1/2 metres) long, relatively cheap to manufacture, and can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or mobile land carriers.
The United States' armed forces are testing their new cruise missile, a weapon of pinpoint accuracy and the subject of negotiations in the new US-Soviet arms agreement. The new missile can be launched from land or sea, as the NBC's Roy Neal reports.