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AIM7 Sparrow

The Sparrow Air-to-Air Missile (AAM) began as Project Hot-Shot in 1946 under contract from the US Navy. However, full engineering development of Sparrow I did not start until 1951. The Sparrow I was...

Bloodhound

Under development from 1949, this radar-homing surface-to-air area-defence missile was originally developed under the codename Yellow Duster, and was known as ‘The Dog’ in RAF service, with...

Blue Steel

Hawker Siddeley Dynamics Blue Steel This rocket-propelled air to surface stand off cruise missile formed a vital part of Britain’s V-Force nuclear deterrent. Avro began slow initial development...

Malkara

This Australian anti-tank missile was developed in 1951, following up on German wartime research especially in wire-guidance. The Australian Government supported the development with assistance from...

Martel AS37

The Martel AS37 air-to-surface missile is an anti-radar missile produced jointly by Britain and France. The solid-fuelled rocket, made by Engins Matra, uses aerodynamic control to home on radar transmissions.

Polaris

The Polaris missile was a submarine-launched, nuclear-tipped ballistic missile. It was designed to be used as part of the US Navy's contribution to the United States' tripartite nuclear deterrent;...

Rapier

Based on a 1964 development programme, Rapier entered service with the British Army and RAF Regiment in June 1967. Rapier is a Hitile, so called because it must hit the target to explode, whereas...

Red Top

The Red Top Air-to-Air Missile was originally called Firestreak IV. However, it so radically improved Firestreak’s capabilities, that a new name was more appropriate. The requirement for Red...

Sea Skua

This Air-to-Surface Missile uses a semi-active radar homing guidance system and its first application was aboard the Lynx helicopter using the Ferranti Seaspray radar illuminator. The Lynx can carry...

Seersucker

This Seersucker missile was recovered from Umm Qasar in Southern Iraq by RAF officers after the Gulf War. A missile of this type was fired at Royal Navy ships during the conflict. It was intercepted...
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