Duncan Sandy's, is that you?
SANDYS: THE MISSILE PERSPECTIVE
With no more manned interceptor aircraft, it would fall to batteries of ramjet and rocket-powered surface-to-air
missiles to protect Britain’s airspace, despite the immense challenges facing the boffins tasked with developing
a brand new method of air-defence with largely unfamiliar technology. Enter the Stage Plan and the dawn of
Britain’s missile era, which saw the introduction of the Bloodhound and Thunderbird SAMs, as well as several
missiles which never left the drawing board.
Well it didnt work then, but there is no reason why it wouldnt work now. As we seem to be on the dawn of hybrid jet/rocket engines, it may be hypersonic vehicles are on the brink of becoming a lot more common.