Comeived In late 1957 to replace the Redstonemissile system, the orlglnal system-Pershing I--becamethe Army's most wccessful weapon systern. Delivered toU.S. Army
units in August, 1963. the wper-sonic 400-mile range ballistic missile was deployed wlthbattalions stationed in the United States and Europe. Amajor part of the nuclear deterrent shieidlng westernEurope. Persh~ng was asslgned the mlssion of QuickReaction Alert (QRA) in support of the North AtlantlcTreaty Organlzatlon (NATO). Pershing's abillty to shoot,move, and communicate In
QRA role has beenImproved with development of the secondqeneratlonsystewpershing 1-A. Fast erecting launchers and solidstate electronics contribute to a more rapid rate of fireand even greater rellability. The biggest change in out-ward appearance
the shift from tracked to wheeledequipment carriers. internal advances Include anautomatic countdown facility, computer devices, and
capability for automatic self-test and malfunction iso-lation. in addltlon, the secondqeneratlon system with
improved ground support equipment and newBattery Control Central provide increased reliabilityand fiexibility, additional ease of maintenance, lowermission cost, and enhanced operational time.
The Radio Terminal Set (RTS) furnishes line-of-sight or tropospheric-scatter voice and teletype linkagewith higher headquarters. The van housing the equip-ment
topped with an inflatable parabolic antennawhich folds into
recess in the roof during travel. Inadditlon to the RTS, a new slngle sideband voice systempermits increaurd communications between higher head-quarters and PI-A operatiomi elements.The trailer-housed System Components Test Station(SCTS) provides a close rear-area
capabilityas well as the stimuli and measurement capability for alltest items. Comblnlng the P1 Components Test Stationand System Test Statlon, the SCTS offers
mobile facil-ity for electronlc chassis and missile section repair workin the field. Work space
also available inside the teststation for two guidance and control sections.