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This is a model of unknown scale of the Nike-Ajax, a U.S. Army ground-launched anti-aircraft missile. It had a solid-fuel motor and booster, a maximum speed of Mach 2.3, a range of 25 miles, and a conventional warhead. Targets were acquired by the Semi-Automatic Ground Environment network radars, whose computers commanded the launch and guided the missile to intercept the beam of a tracking radar. When the missile was close to its target, the computers sent a warhead detonation command. The Nike-Ajax was deployed by the U.S. Army from 1953 into the 1960s, and was also exported to several allied nations.

The model's manufacturer is unknown. John and Cynthia Heyde donated it to the museum.

Display Status This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.
Object Details
Country of Origin United States of America Type MODELS-Missiles & Rockets Manufacturer Unknown Dimensions Storage: 29.5 x 14.6 x 10.2cm (11 5/8 x 5 3/4 x 4 in.)
3-D: 19.7 × 6.7 × 3.8cm (7 3/4 × 2 5/8 × 1 1/2 in.)
Materials White Metal
Paint
Anodized Aluminum
Plastic
Adhesive
Ink
Inventory Number A19981592000 Credit Line Gift of John S. and Cynthia H. Heyde. Data Source National Air and Space Museum Restrictions & Rights Usage conditions apply
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