British Aerospace SRAAM

British Aerospace SRAAM
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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 available in 1970 allowed the design of a highly sophisticated missile designated SRAAM (Short Range Air-to-Air Missile).

In 1974 the advanced design was considered too costly and a redesign produced a missile which was test fired in April 1977. The SRAAM is a highly effective short range missile, which is almost instantly available for firing and can be set to fire automatically when the seeker acquires a target in view ahead.