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I an ex member of both 7 and 8 Squadron's of the Rhodesian war spending most of my operational time on Seven Squadron as a K Car gunner. I was credited for shooting down a fixed wing aircraft from a K Car on the 9 August 1979. This blog is from articles for research on a book which I HAVE HANDED THIS MANUSCRIPT OVER TO MIMI CAWOOD WHO WILL BE HANDLING THE PUBLICATION OF THE BOOK OF WHICH THERE WILL BE VERY LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE Contact her on yebomimi@gmail.com The latest news is that the Editing is now done and we can expect to start sales and deliveries by the end of April 2011

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Monday, July 21, 2008

ZAMBIAN RAPIER MISSILES




ZAMBIA was supplied with Rapier missiles by BAE systems in the UK to counter any threat from the Rhodesian Air Force -they also supplied crews and training to the Zambian Government.


Based on a 1964 development programme, Rapier entered service with the British Army and RAF Regiment in June 1967.Rapier is a Hitile, so called because it must hit the target to explode, whereas most SAMs use a proximity fuse which causes the missile to explode near the target, obviating the need for physical contact.The simple design of Rapier meant that it was cheaper than all rivals of broadly similar performance. Controlled by tail control fins and powered by a dual-thrust, solid motor, it was capable of Mach 2.Many configurations of Rapier have been developed and sold throughout the world, including sales to Australia, Iran, Oman, Brunei and Zambia


No Rhodesian Air Force Aircraft encountered these missiles.

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I welcome comments from everyone on my book Choppertech.
I am interested especially on hearing from former ZANLA and ZIPRA combatants who also have thier story to tell.