General Dynamics MIM-46 Mauler
In the late 1950s, the U.S. Army had a requirement for a new fully mobile FAAD (Forward Area Air Defense) short-range missile system. The name Mauler was assigned to the projected system, and in 1960 a development contract was awarded to General Dynamics, Pomona. Mauler was designed as a quick-reaction semi-active radar homing missile system, where all elements (radar, fire control system, and missiles) were carried by a single tracked vehicle. Test firings of uncontrolled and unguided Mauler LTVs (Launch Test Vehicles) began in September 1961, and were followed in December 1961 by the first launch of a Mauler CTV (Control Test Vehicle), which evaluated the flight characteristics. The first firing of a Mauler GTV (Guidance Test Vehicle), essentially the prototype of the tactical missile, occurred in June 1963. In that same month, the designation XMIM-46A was allocated to the Mauler missile.
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