Reviewed by Chris Banyai-Riepl The newest subject in the British Secret Projects series covers some really interesting aircraft: hypersonics, ramjets, and missiles. While much attention has been given to the piloted aircraft, the weapons they carried or, in this case, hoped to carry generally are ignored or lightly covered. This book reverses that trend, with detailed examinations on many different kinds of missiles. Coupled with the high-speed aircraft included, this book expands nicely on the existing titles in this series. The book begins with a brief overview of the background of British guided weapons and test vehicles, and then dives into the missiles.
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HyperScale is proudly supported by Squadron. To that end the fascinating British Secret Projects series which has reached volume four has caught my fancy. This time the authors cover a grab bag of projects from hypersonic spaceplanes to air to air and surface to air missile systems.
Gibson and Buttler step through the history of the many systems that fall into the description of hypersonics, ramjets and missiles in a logical manner, looking at air to air projects, air to surface guided missiles and unguided rockets, surface to air missiles and surface to surface missiles in turn.
Anyone familiar with the Sandys Review will understand that a plethora of such projects emerged in Britain the period from World War Two to the present day and this book dips into as many of those systems as it can.
Couple this with a look at the various hypersonic fighter, strike and transport projects and design studies and the volume could be considered a complete look at those aspects of aviation technology that fall outside the conventional. Finally two very useful appendices complete the book. Firstly ever wanted to know what a Violet Club or Yellow Duckling was high yield strategic weapons and IR submarine detection system respectively?
The authors have taken the time to explain the seemingly random Ministry of Supply Colour Code system and attempted to list all systems that fell under it, regardless of type. A very useful reference in its own right. The second appendix lists all the operational requirements from OR to OR , which again proves useful to any student of British military equipment programs.
A useful and comprehensive reference is contained within the covers of this book. One should not expect to use it as a modeling reference, but if you want to understand why Brimstone looks like a Hellfire or what radar system is employed on the Skyflash missile hung on your FGR2 Phantom then this would have to be the best source. Highly Recommended.
British Secret Projects: Hypersonics, Ramjets and Missiles Released!
British Secret Projects: Hypersonics, Ramjets Missiles
British secret projects : hypersonics, ramjets and missiles