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Missile Development

The development of jet aircraft by the Soviet Union, and the resulting decline in anti-aircraft gunnery effectiveness, encouraged the Navy to develop surface-to-air (SAM) and air-to-air (AAM) missiles for use against fast enemy bombers and anti-ship cruise missiles. New data processing computers, solid fuel technology, and radar and infrared guidance allowed the Navy to deploy anti-air missiles on ships and aircraft beginning in the 1950s.

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