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Shown here is the Terrier I ship-to-air missile, built by the Convair Division of the General Dynamics Corporation. This radar-guided missile had a maximum altitude of eight miles, a range of twelve miles, and could reach a velocity of Mach 2 (twice the speed of sound). The first test launch of a Terrier missile took place aboard the aircraft carrier USS Mississippi in 1954.
By 1968 approximately fifty surface ships in the U.S. and foreign navies had been equipped to carry Terrier missiles. The Terrier II, a faster and longer-range version capable of carrying a larger payload, eventually replaced the Terrier I.