Forget Stealth: This Deadly Missile Transformed Air Combat Forever
The National Interest -

Charlie Gao


Here comes the active radar homing missile. 

The AMRAAM finally had its combat debut during Operation Southern Watch, downing an Iraqi MiG-25 in 1992. Since then, it has gone on to serve admirably over former Yugoslavia, Iraq and Syria (in 2017).

At the end of the Cold War, there were major revolutions in the technology used for aerial combat. The most visible one was stealth, with the iconic diamond shaped F-117 and B-2 stealth bombers and the F-22 stealth fighter. But...

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