AIM-132 ASRAAM

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Template:Infobox Missile The AIM-132 Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile is a British air-to-air missile with infra-red guidance.

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In the 1980s, NATO countries had an agreement that the United States would develop a medium-range air-to-air missile (the AIM-120 AMRAAM) to replace the AIM-7 Sparrow, and Britain and Germany would develop a short-range air-to-air missile (the ASRAAM) to replace the AIM-9 Sidewinder.

After numerous development delays with ASRAAM, the U.S. later changed its mind and developed an improved Sidewinder, the AIM-9X. Note that the AIM-9X uses the same seeker head as the ASRAAM..

Germany left the ASRAAM project in the early 1990s, and in the spring of 1995 initiated an improved version of the Sidewinder, the IRIS-T. This decision was motivated by new insights into the performance of the Russian AA-11 Archer missile carried by the MiG-29s which Germany inherited during reunification.

Notes

The guidance system can lock on to a target 90 degrees off boresight

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