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LAST ARMY LANCE MISSILE UNIT COMPLETES FINAL MISSION

 LAST ARMY LANCE MISSILE UNIT COMPLETES FINAL MISSION
 DALLAS, June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Army's last Lance missile


battalion has completed its final tactical firing mission, closing one more chapter on the Cold War.
 It was little more than 20 years ago, when the Michigan Division of LTV Aerospace Corporation (which later evolved into the Missiles Division of LTV Aerospace and Defense Company) shipped the first Lance missile to the Army from its facility in Sterling Heights, Mich., eight miles north of Detroit.
 The first unit to receive the Lance missile was the 1st battalion, 12th Field Artillery. The 1/12 FA was also the same unit that fired the last tactical missile at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The unit is based at Fort Sill, Okla.
 Three firing teams from the 1/12 FA fired a total of five non- explosive practice warheads in support of a Strategic Defense Initiative mission.
 Lance was a surface-to-surface missile with a range of more than 60 miles, or 100 kilometers. It could carry either a conventional or nuclear warhead.
 The end of the Lance era means a new beginning for the men of the 1/12 FA. This summer, the unit will be transitioning to the Multiple Launch Rocket System -- known by the acronym MLRS -- which also is produced by LTV's Missiles Division.
 MLRS, which earned the reputation as the most devastating artillery system deployed in Operation DesertStorm, is a highly automated rocket system.
 It permits its crew of three to accurately fire a complete 12-rocket load in less than a minute, delivering more than two tons of destructive firepower on target.
 "The step up to MLRS, where all you have to do is push a few buttons to aim and fire the thing, is exciting," said Sgt. Frank Walkup of A Battery, 1/12 FA.
 Lance was deployed with U.S. Army units in the United States, Europe and South Korea, as well as with the armies of several allied nations.
 The Lance missile could be fired from either a towed launcher or a tracked vehicle. Each missile was 20 feet long, 22 inches in diameter and weighed about 3,000 pounds. Production ended in 1980 but LTV continued to provide engineering services, technical support and other support to the Army.
 LTV Aerospace and Defense manufactures missile, rocket and space systems; military vehicles; and subassemblies for military and commercial aircraft. The 17th largest defense contractor in the United States, it is a subsidiary of The LTV Corporation, a Dallas-based diversified manufacturing company also involved in steel and energy products.
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 /CONTACT: Mike Drake of LTV Aerospace and Defense, 214-266-1801/
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