ASRAAM

The Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile, also known by its United States identifier AIM-132, is an imaging infrared homing ("heat seeking") air-to-air missile, produced by MBDA. It is currently in service in the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), replacing the AIM-9 Sidewinder. The project started as a British-German collaboration in the 1980s; eventually the Germans left the project due to concerns over the missile’s performance. The British proceeded on their own, and the missile was introduced into RAF service in 1998. The ASRAAM was developed to have longer range and higher speed than the Sidewinder, whilst exceptional 50g manoeuvrability is provided by a sophisticated control system using innovative body lift technology coupled with tail control.

ASRAAM
Class Missile
Type Air to Air
Manufacturer MBDA
Origin United States of America
Country Name Origin Year
United States of America 1998
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
United States of America 1998 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
MBDA View

Type Short-range air-to-air missile
Place of origin United Kingdom
Service history
In service 1998
Used by See Operators
Production history
Manufacturer MBDA
Unit cost >£200,000
Specifications
Weight 88 kg
Length 2.90 m
Diameter 166 mm (motor diameter)[1]
Warhead 10 kg blast/fragmentation
Detonation
mechanism
laser proximity fuze and impact
Engine dual-burn, high-impulse solid rocket motor[2]
Wingspan 450 mm
Operational
range
300 m – 50 km[3]
Flight altitude N/A
Speed Mach 3+[4]
Guidance
system
infrared homing, 128×128 elementfocal plane array, with lock-on after launch (LOAL) and strapdown inertial guidance[4]
Launch
platform
Aircraft:
Royal Air Force: Tornado,Typhoon
Royal Australian Air Force: F/A-18

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