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A Swiss Rapier.
|Place of origin||United Kingdom|
|Designer||British Aircraft Corporation|
|Maximum speed||Mach 2.5|
Rapier is a British surface-to-air missile. It was developed for the British Army and Royal Air Force. It entered service in 1971. It has now replaced all other anti-aircraft weapons in service with the British Army. Rapier is still the UK's most-used air-defence weapon even after almost 35 years of service.
Rapier can be moved around by ground and air.
At the time the British Army was planning to buy the advanced American MIM-46 Mauler system for its air-defence. The first test firings of Rapier happened in 1966. Complete Rapiers were tested in 1968. This led to a production contract being given in 1969. Rapier entered service in 1971 with the British Army, and 1974 with the Royal Air Force Regiment.
It has been announced the UK MoD was giving money to a company to find a replacement for Rapier. The Common Anti-Air Modular Missile (CAMM) would have some components the same as the ASRAAM missile which is in service with the RAF.
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