MISSILE MASTER NEWS RELEASE -1
IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 5, 1957 NO. 1155-57 LI 5-6700 Ext. 71252
ARMY MISSILE MASTER AIR DEFENSE SYSTEM PUT INTO OPERATION AT FORT MEADE TODAY
MISSILE MASTER, the first fully operational electronic air defense control system in the United States, was put into action today (December 5) by the Army Air Defense Command.
Located at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, MISSILE MASTER will help defend the Washington-Baltimore government-industry complex against air attack. It is an electronic system which controls and coordinates the fire of the Army's air defense weapons to insure their maximum effectiveness. Targets can be selected economically, with control of each NIKE missile being retained by local battery commanders. In this way, preselected targets in an attacking air fleet are assigned for destruction by Missile Master to individual batteries of a NIKE network
This first MISSILE MASTER installation is operated by the 35th Antiaircraft Artillery Brigade. The Army said that the next MISSILE MASTER systems to become operational will be for the New York City defense area and other strategic, industrial and population centers across the nation.