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Fort Sill in Comanche County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

MIM-23 Hawk

 
 
MIM-23 Hawk Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 9, 2021
1. MIM-23 Hawk Marker
Inscription.  The MIM-23 Hawk was a U.S medium range surface-to-air missile that entered service in 1960. Originally intended to destroy enemy aircraft, the "Homing All the Way Killer" evolved into a theater ballistic missile interceptor during its thirty-five year service life. Development began in 1952 when the Army sought a guided missile weapons system for theater air defense. While the Nike Ajax and later Nike Hercule focused on strategic threats to the continental United States, Hawk was designed to operate with forward-deployed soldiers on the battlefield.

Two battalions of Hawk deployed to South Vietnam in 1965 and played a significant role in keeping the North Vietnamese Air Force north of the DMZ. No Hawk missile was fired in anger during the Vietnam War. The Hawk's first combat use came on 21 March 1969 when an Israeli Hawk missile shot down an Egyptian MiG-21 over the Sinai Peninsula.

The Hawk system is modular in nature, having four different radar sets for acquisition, ranging, tracking and IFF (Identification Friend or Foe). These radars would transmit the necessary information to the missile command center and enable
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the crews engage a threat aircraft. The missile's guidance system would rely on the continuous illumination of the target by the target tracking radar and would "ride" the radar beam to the intended target. The system is still in use with many militaries around the world, but was superseded by the Patriot missile system in US service by 1994.

Missile Weight - 1290 lb - 590 kg
Range - 31 mi - 50 km
Speed: - Mach 2.4
Ceiling: - 45,000 ft - 14,000m
 
Erected by U.S. Army Field Artillery Museum. (Marker Number 323.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, ColdWar, Vietnam. A significant historical date for this entry is March 21, 1969.
 
Location. 34° 39.893′ N, 98° 23.101′ 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. Nike Hercules HIPAR Radar AN/FPS-71 Antenna (a few steps from this marker); Sprint Missile (a few steps from this marker); US M2 90mm Anti Aircraft Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); Iraqi SZ-60 57mm Anti Aircraft Gun
The MIM-23 Hawk and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 9, 2021
2. The MIM-23 Hawk and Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); MIM-3 Nike Ajax (within shouting distance of this marker); MIM-14 Nike Hercules (within shouting distance of this marker); Lockheed X-7A1 Target Drone (within shouting distance of this marker); M51 Skysweeper 75mm 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 back side of the MIM-23 Hawk image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 9, 2021
3. The back side of the MIM-23 Hawk
 
 
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 290 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 24, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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