||Naval Postgraduate School
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In this title, the author has provided the professional examination of the shipborne SAM, i.e. "surface-to-air missile" systems that are used in the navies of various countries. The publication consists of following chapters - Introduction; Target detection and missile guidance; American Navy; Royal Navy; Italian Navy; French Navy; Israeli Navy; Canadian navy; Soviet Navy; The British Royal Navy's air defense systems used in the Falklands conflict; Summary. The author has also presented the technical details of the physical make-up for each system, the warhead, the target detection/tracking, and all other necessary characteristics. The SAMs are commonly divided into three separate classes depending on their range, i.e. long-, medium- and short-range missiles. Such systems are usually considered extremely powerful weapons used in defensive and offensive tactics. Obviously, the main reason to utilize the shipborne SAMs it to destroy the aerial targets before they attack. The present work is exploring the technical capabilities of the missiles that are used in the American Navy plus other navies of the world. The author did a great attempt to determine the physical descriptions of the systems, together with the propulsion and guidance, navigation features, system performance/effectiveness, and other important technical aspects.