Germany: manufacture of guided missiles

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Germany: Manufacture of Guided Missiles

A.E. 

U.S. keen tht. G. shd. make short range guided missiles.  We dislike this : mainly because of effect on B. public opinion.  Can't dissuade G. – save by promise of co-opn. wh. M/S. doesn't like. Choice now is betwn. c) and d).

D.S. 

Common p'mme wd. be even more dangerous than allowg. G. prodn.
They are a long way behind Allies.  Collabn with G. wd. dry up exchange/informn. with U.S.  They are suspicious even of Australia because of Comm. leanings.
If they make these in G., they will get back Germans who are workg. here : about 30 of them.
On propulsion G. are well advanced.  On guidance they know less.


P.M. 

Offer (d) on condn. they don't suck informn. out of G. here.


D.S. 

Cdn't do that.


Ch. 

They can produce rockets now.Guidance : techn. quite diff. for short range.  Beam riding works for short, but not for long.
 Why not limit by length of weapon (eg. 2 metre) – also location of manuf. as far away as possible.


D.S. 

They will do all research they can into long range.


Al. 

V. remote danger of G. mil. resurgence.


P.M. 

I agree.  If they turned v. us, they wd. get atomic thrashing at once.


Al. 

Give consent on condn. of location acceptable to us and fix eg. shores of Lausanne. 


D.S.  

And limit of size – ask G. what they suggest.


D.S. 

This is the risk I wd. prefer – rather than common p'mme.

Taken from C.C. 52(52) - Meeting held on 13 May 1952.