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					Nike-Hercules Rocket

The Nike-Hercules is another weapon of the United States Army. The main
function
of this surface-to-air missile is to intercept attacking enemy bombers,
but the
Army has demonstrated that it can also be used to knock down incoming
air-to-ground
missiles.

This air-defense rocket is 39 feet long and has a diameter of a little
over 21/2 feet.
Its range is 80 miles, and its speed is approximately 2200 miles per
hour.

The two-stage Nike-Hercules can be equipped with either nuclear or high-
explosive
warheads.

Many of our large metropolitan areas were ringed with Army Nike-Hercules
installations to protect them from surprise attack by air.

				
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