For as long as aircraft have been used in warfare, the other side has been trying to shoot them down. In the days of propeller-driven aircraft, this required nothing more sophisticated than guns, in the form of anti-aircraft artillery. But with the advent of fast, jet-powered aircraft and high-flying bombers in the latter years of the Second World War, guns were rapidly becoming inadequate for the task. Thoughts started to turn to a new type of weapon – the surface-to-air missile, or SAM.
This book takes the reader on a fact-packed study of the SAM from its earliest days in World War Two with the British Stooge and German Waserfall through to the most sophisticated modern weapons such as the Israelie Iron Dome, British Sea Viper and the Russian Igla-S.
The author gives facts and figures on the missiles, explains how they are used in action and gives examples of their deployment and firing.
Chapter 1: The Birth of the SAM
Chapter 2: The Technical Challenges
Chapter 3: Countermeasures and Tactics
Chapter 4: Cold War SAMs
Chapter 5: Soviet Exports
Chapter 6: Naval Air Defence
Chapter 7: MANPADS
Chapter 8: Anti-Missile Missiles
Chapter 9: SAMs in the 21st Century
Appendix A: Glossary of Technical Terms
Appendix B: List of SAM Systems
Appendix C: Chronology of Conflicts
About the Author
Andrew May is a former defence scientist with an MA from Cambridge University and a PhD from Manchester University. His thirty year career spanned academia, the civil service and the defence industry. He has worked on advanced technology research in Farnborough, strategic planning in Whitehall and operational analysis for a large defence company. He is now based in the South-West of England where he works as a freelance writer and blogger.