Nike Ajax

Nike Ajax (HM2F9P)

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N 39° 11.755', W 76° 41.038'

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Anti-Aircraft Missile Radar

In the 1950's there were seven batteries of Nike Ajax anti-aircraft missiles located around Baltimore to protect the city, Friendship Airport, and various industrial sites, as well as the Aberdeen ordnance and Edgewood chemical facilities from Russian bombers.

Various Air Force and Navy air-warning net systems would alert the Army Nike site to hostile approaching aircraft.

The Nike-Ajax (Army) was the first operational American surface-to-air missile, SAM-A-7, replacing 90mm and 120 mm anti-aircraft guns of WWII.

This is the antenna of the target tracking radar, MPA-4. Subsequently the missile became a radar "beam rider" and thus could counter target evasive action.

By 1956, eighty Nike-Ajax sites were operating in the U.S.

Prime Contractor: Western Electric
Guidance: Bell Labs
Propulsion: Aerojet-General
Airframe: Douglas

Missile Performance
Speed - Mach 2
Range - 30 miles
Ceiling - 65,000 feet.
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HM NumberHM2F9P
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Placed ByNational Electronics Museum
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Date Added Saturday, March 30th, 2019 at 11:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 354581 N 4339868
Decimal Degrees39.19591667, -76.68396667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 11.755', W 76° 41.038'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 11' 45.3" N, 76° 41' 2.2799999999998" W
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