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Thesis. Approved for public release. In this work the shirborne SAM (surface-to-air missile) systems of the navies of different countries have been examined. The publication consists of following chapters - Introduction; Target detection and missile guidance; United States Navy; Royal Navy; Italian Navy; French Navy; Israeli Navy; Canadian navy; Soviet Navy; The Royal Navy's air defense systems in the Falklands conflict; Summary. For each of the systems, the author presented the details of the physical make-up, the warhead, the target detection and tracking, and all other necessary characteristics.