This book describes the history of the Australian designed and built IKARA anti-submarine missile system. It traces the story of Ikara from concept development to feasibility study in 1959 through to approval, design, production and service ending in 1991. During its period of service, Ikara proved to be the most effective means to engage submarine targets at longer ranges and with faster response times and greater accuracy than any other system available worldwide.
This history of the Ikara missile is a case study which demonstrates the ability of Australia’s Government, Defence Department, research laboratories and Defence industry to work together to develop a state-of-the-art weapon system. The book also demonstrates clearly that Australia had the ability to be self-reliant in the development of world class precision weapons in the past.
It provides a historical reconstruction of both the scientific, technological and engineering challenges involved and the top level of Defence and government decision making and provides an insight into how such processes proceed and the many factors that affect the initiation, continuation and ultimately the ceasing of such programs over several decades.
The author, Angus Britts has addressed all aspects of the weapon and flesh out issues which remain relevant in discussion surrounding the nation’s defence requirements and procurement practices today through the recollections of those associated with Ikara during the various phases of its lengthy career.
The book provides understanding of how Australia achieved success in the past and avoided pitfalls with the Ikara system. It will be essential reading for anyone with an interest in future missile and guided weapons production enterprises in Australia.
Author: Angus Britts
ISBN Registration: 978-0-6487760-7-9