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PERSHING WEAPON SYSTEM. MODIFIED WILD T-2 THEODOLITE LIMITED TEST
MARTIN CO ORLANDO FL
An evaluation of the modified Wild T-2 theodolite was accomplished at the helicopter load-secure test site, McCoy AFB, Florida, using Artillery Set No. 4 and Missile 317 in the helicopter mode. The purpose of the evaluation was to determine the compatibility of the modified theodolite with the Pershing Weapon System. The AMICOM manual azimuth laying method was used under simulated tactical countdown conditions with a run being performed through vertical verification and T-zero. Numerous test setups and azimuth readings were made. Data recorded with the modified theodolites were compared with data obtained from the Pershing auto-collimating theodolite. Results of this data indicate that accuracy of the modified theodolites is not significantly degraded. Standard deviation values for the differences between readings were found to be 0.0209 or - 0.0034 mils. Image clarity and ease of acquisition were improved. From the conclusions of this preliminary test, it was found that the modified theodolite and auto-reflecting operation were compatible with the Pershing Weapon System.
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