MGM-29 Sergeant

The MGM -29 Sergeant was a military ballistic short -range missile during the Cold War of American production. The corps artillery of the Bundeswehr was equipped with it. The missile had a launch thrust of 200 kN ( 20,400 kg ), a launch mass of 4570 kg, a diameter of 0.78 m, a length of 10.52 m and a fin span of 1.50 m. The equippable with a nuclear warhead missile was powered by solid fuel and had a range of up to 140 km.

Decommissioning asked Sergeant rockets were also used in combination with additional upper level as civil and military sounding rockets. The rocket motor of the Sergeant was further developed in the civilian Castor rocket motor that was used in a number of space projects.

Deployment of the Sergeant missile in the Federal Republic of Germany

In the Federal Republic of Germany four rocket artillery battalions ( RakArtBtl ) of the Bundeswehr 1965-1977 were equipped with Sergeant short-range missiles. These battalions who were directly involved in the NATO concept of " nuclear sharing ", distributed as follows between Schleswig -Holstein and Baden- Württemberg:

  • Rocket Artillery Battalion 150 in the Schill barracks, Wesel, North Rhine -Westphalia
  • Rocket Artillery Battalion 250 in the Eberhard- Finckh barracks, Kleinengstingen, Baden- Württemberg
  • Rocket Artillery Battalion 350 in the Westerwald barracks, Montabaur, Rhineland -Palatinate
  • Rocket Artillery Battalion 650 in Briesen barracks, Flensburg, Schleswig -Holstein.

The ownership of the in specially fortified so-called special ammunition depots (Special Ammunition Sites) deposited nuclear warheads was within NATO in the U.S., and was perceived at the individual units through a U.S. Army Field Artillery Detachment.

In 1976, the Sergeant - systems were also replaced by atomic placeable Lance short- range ballistic missiles at all four sites.