|Martin Marietta Mace GLCM|
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.
|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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