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Advanced Short Range Air to Air Missile (ASRAAM)

A scientist working on ASRAAM.

DST Group is undertaking developmental research to ensure the Advanced Short Range Air to Air Missile (ASRAAM), the primary weapon carried by Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF’s) F/A-18 Hornet aircraft, remains capable against evolving threats.

New algorithms have been developed that enhance the ability of ASRAAM to acquire and maintain lock-on to target aircraft despite their deployment of new-generation infrared countermeasures.

These algorithms were tested at the Port Wakefield Proof and Experimental Establishment using the Reusable Aerodynamic Flare Ejection Capability to deploy countermeasures at speeds representative of fighter aircraft.

DST algorithms will be incorporated into a new missile software load being developed jointly by the UK and Australia, which is expected to result in a substantial improvement in weapon performance.

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