HOW TO HIT A SUPERSONIC MISSILE in flight? (Jul, 1954)

I’m not certain, but I’d guess that if the question is “How do you shoot down a missile going 1,200 miles per hour with a gun, in 1954?” the answer is: you don’t.

HOW TO HIT A SUPERSONIC MISSILE in flight?

An enemy guided missile comes winging towards our task force … at speeds of up to 20 miles a minute. What kind of computer can predict and compute the necessary data fast enough to shoot down the missile… and be reliable every time? That was the problem posed to Ford Instrument Company engineers… and in cooperation with the Navy, they found the answer. Compact equipment, housed in easy-to-service units… that stand at the front line of our defense.

This is typical of the problems that Ford has been given by the Armed Forces since 1915. For from the vast engineering and production facilities of the Ford Instrument Company come the mechanical, hydraulic, electromechanical, magnetic and electronic instruments that bring us our “tomorrows” today. Control problems of both Industry and the Military are Ford specialties.

You can see why a job with Ford Instrument offers young engineers a challenge. If you can qualify, there may be a spot for you in automatic control development at Ford. Write for brochure about products or job opportunities. State your preference.

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  1. Buddy says: March 30, 20137:51 am

    I wrote a simulator for this, where the defender’s missiles were much slower than the attacker’s. Viability study for lower cost options. When you have a significant proportion of hits below 500m you tend to raise concerns among the civilian population.

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