Martin Marietta Mace GLCM
Martin Marietta Mace GLCM Zoom

This is the Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin) Mace GLCM. Due to problems with the Matador's guidance system and difficulties in deployment, development on a new Matador (Matador B) was started in 1954. While Matador B was being developed, Matador C was produced as an interim solution to the guidance problem. The Matador B was first tested in 1956. When production started the following year, the missile was renamed the Mace (TM-76A) due to the major differences between it and the Matador. The Mace was easier to deploy (it used a mobile launcher), had a longer range, carried a more powerful warhead, and had a better guidance system.

There were two production models of the Mace: Mace A (TM-76A) and Mace B (TM-76B). The Mace B had nearly twice the range of the Mace A due to an improved guidance system. As a result, this system necessitated a fixed launch point. The first Mace B was launched from Cape Canaveral on July 11, 1960. Over 1000 Mace GLCMs were produced, of which 400 were deployed to Europe and Japan.

Mace specifications and performance
Length 44 ft. 9 in. Wingspan 18 ft. 2 in.
Thrust Sustainer: 5200 lbs.
Booster: 50,000 lbs.
Speed 650 MPH
Ceiling 40,000+ ft. Range Mace A: 800 miles
Mace B: 1500 miles
Warhead Conventional or nuclear (W-28 fusion, 2 MT yield)

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