5th Battalion
30th Field Artillery

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SETAF stands for Southern European TAsk Force. Sergeant Missile support was provided to NATO by 5/30 FA
The battalion was equipped with the Sergeant Missile System. The launcher was used to both assemble and launch the missile. Here the launcher has arrived at the launch site and is being disconnected from the prime mover.
The launcher is leveled and the launch rail is unfolded in preparation for missile assembly.
The launch rail is fully extended and the launcher is level.
Launcher configured for missile assembly.
The electrical connections are removed from the missile motor transporter.
The motor carrier is opened and the launcher crane is maneuvered over the motor assembly.
The motor is lifted from the carrier,
and rotated to align with the launch rail.
Once in alignment the motor assembly is raised and slid onto the launch lugs.
The motor is attached to the launch rail and the guidance assembly container is opened.
The guidance section contains the gyros and accelerometers that help guide the missile to its target.
The guidance section is mated both mechanically and electrically to the motor section.
The warhead container is moved into position and the warhead is prepared for mating to the guidance section.
Warhead in position for electrical and mechanical mating to the guidance section.
The final electrical connections are made on the boom,
and the control surfaces are installed.
These fins will provide directional control to the missile and keep it aligned on its way to the target.
Azimuth control is derived from survey and the gyros are manually aligned to the target. A barometer vane will be attached to the nose of the missile before launch. It will replace the flat filler presently on the nose.
Flight to target and weather information is input into the computer in the control cabin. The missile is now ready to be launched to the target. The Sergeant was one of the most accurate missiles of its period.

[World War Two] [Erlangen] [Fort Lewis] [550th] [HHB] [SVC Btry] [A Btry] [B Btry]
[C Btry] [RVN General] [Then & Now] [2/30] [3/30] [5/30] [1/30 Augsburg] [Home]