A weapons fan from California decided that the missile and its mobile Transport-Erector-Launcher would make an ideal addition to his collection, and ordered one from a small firm near London. The Czech SS1-C was sent by freighter to California, but when it was examin- ed by officials they claim it was not, as the documentation said, properly demilitarised.
The US Customs Service claimed the guidance system and engine were intact and only a warhead was missing. British Customs took a very different view, insisting the missile was deactivated and that nothing illegal had taken place. "It was a dud," said a spokesman.Reuse content