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MIM-14 Nike Hercules

 
 
MIM-14 Nike Hercules Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 9, 2021
1. MIM-14 Nike Hercules Marker
Inscription.  The MIM-14 Nike Hercules was the most widely used of the U.S Army's Cold War missile systems. Implemented in 1958, the Hercules had several improvements over the Nike Ajax. It used solid fuel propellant and could use either high explosive or nuclear warheads. The system could be utilized in any weather condition and was capable of being employed both in the surface-to-air and surface-to-surface role. The missile was radio command-guided; had a maximum speed of Mach 3.65 and a range of 125 miles. Guidance and tracking information would be fed from a series of acquisition, targeting and tracking radars, through the Battery control stations and radioed to the missile in flight.

The Hercules began replacing the Nike Ajax in 1958, and the improved Nike Hercules became operational in 1961. The improved Hercules was designed to defeat Mach 2-capable Soviet bombers 175 miles offshore and was the first US missile adapted for the Anti-Ballistic Missile role to intercept ICBMs launched at US soil. In 1960 an improved Nike Hercules missile successfully intercepted a US Army Corporal ballistic missile and later defeated a Hercules missile at
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an altitude of 19 miles. The Nike Hercules served at the forefront of US continental air defense for twenty five years, with the last missiles in service being retired in 1983.

Length: - 41 ft 6 in - 9.98 m
Wingspan: - 8 ft - 2.4 m
Weight: - 8,000 lb - 3,600 kg
Speed: - Mach 3.5
Range: - 90 miles - 144 km
Ceiling: - 106,000 ft - 32,317 m
Warhead: - Either a W31 nuclear warhead or T45 conventional high explosive.
 
Erected by U.S. Army Field Artillery Museum. (Marker Number 322.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, Cold. A significant historical year for this entry is 1958.
 
Location. 34° 39.882′ N, 98° 23.116′ W. Marker is in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in Comanche County. Marker is at the intersection of Harry Road and Randolph Road, on the right when traveling east on Harry Road. The marker is located in the southeast section of Missile Park at the U.S. Army Field Artillery Museum. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Sill OK 73503, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sprint Missile (a few steps from this marker); MIM-3 Nike Ajax (a few steps from this marker); M51 Skysweeper 75mm Anti Aircraft Gun (a few steps from this marker); Nike Hercules HIPAR Radar AN/FPS-71 Antenna (a few steps from
The MIM-14 Nike Hercules and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 9, 2021
2. The MIM-14 Nike Hercules and Marker
this marker); Lockheed X-7A1 Target Drone (within shouting distance of this marker); MIM-23 Hawk (within shouting distance of this marker); Iraqi SZ-60 57mm Anti Aircraft Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); US M2 90mm Anti Aircraft Gun (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Sill.
 
More about this marker. The marker and museum are located on Fort Sill, an active military installation. The museum is open to the public, but appropriate photo identification is required for access to the post.
 
Also see . . .  U.S. Army Field Artillery Museum. (Submitted on September 24, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
 
The view of the MIM-14 Nike Hercules image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 9, 2021
3. The view of the MIM-14 Nike Hercules
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 24, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 223 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 24, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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