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M55

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Overview


The M55 was developed in the early 1960s to deliver nerve agents, Sarin and VX. It was six feet long and weighed fifty0five pounds with a war-head capapble of being filled with five quarts of the nerve agent that would be dispersed from an explosive burster charge that would dispel the agent either in liquid or vapor form. It had a range of six miles but was considered highly erratic after testing. 478,000 rounds were ultimately produced though not one was ever used and the majority of the rockets were destroyed in the CHASE program (#Tucker, 2006).


References



Tucker, Johnathon B. War of Nerves: Chemical Warfare from World War I to Al-Qaeda. Pantheon Books, 2006.

Picture References
M55 picture was retreived from US Army Chemical Materials Agency

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