MGR-1b Honest John Battlefield Support Missile
The Honest John missile was developed to fill a requirement to give division and higher-level commands a capability to retaliate against an enemy using nuclear weapons. This missile became operational in 1953 and was finally retired in the mid-1970s, when it was replaced by the MGM-52 Lance missile. The 49th Armored Division Artillery fired several of these missiles during its mobilization at Fort Polk, Louisiana, during the Berlin Crisis in 1962. The warhead was either a 1,500 pound high explosive or a nuclear warhead with a 100-kiloton yield, approximately five times as large as either the Hiroshima of Nagasaki bombs used in World War II.
Range: 5 to 25 miles Weight: 2.2 tons
Guidance: Ballistic Length: 24.6 feet/ 7.498 m
Speed: Mach 1.5 (900 mph/ 1,448 kph)
Diameter: 29.9 inches/ 9.113 m
Fuel: Solid, single stage