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Sidewinder

Ford-Raytheon AIM-9 Sidewinder A short-range passive Infra-Red homing heat-seeking air-to-air missile carried offensively and for self-defence. Named after the Sidewinder snake, which also detects its...

Skybolt

In 1958 several US contractors demonstrated to the USAF that large ballistic vehicles could be launched from strategic bombers at high altitude. The contractors argued that this alternative means of ballistic...

SRAAM

As a result of the Vietnam War, which highlighted the need for positive visual identification of targets before missile launch, a new need for a Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (AAM) was created. Technology...

Swingfire

Swingfire is an anti-tank missile which owes its development to the Vigilant and Orange William projects. It was in 1960 that Swingfire was produced using Thrust Vectored Control (TVC) to manoeuvre...

Thor

The design contract for this single-stage, intermediate-range surface-surface ballistic missile (I.R.B.M) was awarded to Douglas Aircraft Corporation in December 1955. The first launch took place...

Thunderbird

During World War II, a British SAM programme was established with the system known as Brankemine. Although the missile programme was inadequately funded, the first test firing took place in September...
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