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Starstreak short-range surface-to-air missile man portable system
 
 
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Starstreak HVM high velocity short-range surface-to-air missile MANPADS technical data sheet description information specifications intelligence identification pictures photos images personnel carrier British United Kingdom Thales defence industry army military technology
 
Description

The Starstreak is a short range surface-to-air missile or MAN Portable Air Defense System (MANPADS) designed and manufactured by Thales United Kingdom. The missile, which travels at more than three times the speed of sound, uses a system of three dart-like projectiles, allowing multiple hits on the target. The Starstreak HVM (High Velocity Missile) can be fired from the shoulder, from a lightweight multiple launcher or from the Stormer armoured vehicle. The development of the missile began in 1984, when the British Army request a new air defence missile system to supplement the Rapier missile system. The British Ministry of Defense awarded two companies for one year project definition. In June 1986, the the Starstrak was selected for the system design and development. In October 1995, the UK MoD accepted the Self-Propelled High-Velocity Missile system (SP HVM), which has the commercial name of Starstreak. The Starstreak missile system has enter in service with the British Army since 1997, the lightweight multiple launcher (LML) and shoulder-launched versions since September 2000. In 2002, the South African Army ordered eight Starstreak lightweight multiple launchers. In the Britsih Army, the Starstreak SP HVM is mounted on a tracked Stormer vehicle. The system has eight rounds of Starstreak missiles ready to fire, with a further 12 missiles carried. SP HVM is fitted with a roof-mounted air defence alerting device (ADAD). The ADAD's infrared scanner and processor provide target detection and prioritisation, and the system automatically slews the weapon sight on to the target.

 
Variants
- ATASK (Air To Air Starstreak): Fired from a helicopter. This was developed in combination with McDonnell-Douglas and Lockheed-Martin electronics between 1995 and 1998 specifically for use with the AH-64 Apache. It has yet to enter service.
- LML: Fired from a Lightweight Multiple Launcher (LML) that holds three missiles ready for firing and can be used as either a stationary launch unit or mounted on a light vehicle such as a Land Rover or HMMWV. The LML originated in a proposal under the Army Suggestions Scheme for the Javelin system.
- Seastreak: Two versions of a naval mounting have been demonstrated—a one-man mount similar to the LML but carrying a total of six missiles, and a close in weapon system mounting holding 24 missiles.
- SP HVM (Sel-Propelled High Velocity Missile): Carried on an Alvis Stormer AFV with a roof mounted eight round launcher with internal stowage for a further 12 missiles.
SP HVM (Sel-Propelled High Velocity Missile): Carried on an Alvis Stormer AFV with a roof mounted eight round launcher with internal stowage for a further 12 missiles.
SP HVM Starstream missile launcher unit mounted on Stormer tracked armoured vehicle
     
- Starstreak Avenger: Built to a U.S. Army requirement in the early 1990s, this system integrated the Starstreak missile on the Boeing Avenger vehicle, replacing 1 pod of Stinger missiles with 1 pod of 4 Starstreak and modifying the fire control system accordingly.
- Starstreak Mark II: Upgrade to the Starstreak.
- THOR/Multi Mission System (MMS): A four missile turret mounted on a Pinzgauer (6x6) cross-country chassis, unveiled by Thales UK in 2005.
THOR/Multi Mission System (MMS): A four missile turret mounted on a Pinzgauer (6x6) cross-country chassis, unveiled by Thales UK in 2005.
THOR/Multi Mission System (MMS) Starstreak missile launcher unit mounted on light tactical vehicle Pinzgauer.
 
Technical Data
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Launcher unit

The lightweight multiple launcher (LML) has an automatic fire unit and can be carried on light wheeled vehicle as Land Rover. The aiming unit includes an optical head consisting of a stabilisation system, an aiming mark injector and a monocular sight. The target is acquired and optically tracked using the monocular sight and aiming mark. The multiple launcher employs three canister missiles together with clip-on equipment and a standard aiming unit. Three targets can be engaged in quick succession without the need for reloading.

Missile
The Starstreak missile is transported in a sealed launch tube. This tube is attached to an aiming unit for firing. The missile itself consists of a two stage, solid propellant rocket motor assembly. An initial first stage blip motor to eject the weapon from the tube and a second stage boost motor. The rocket motor system accelerates the missile to greater than Mach 3 in a fraction of a second. The missile then releases the three laser guided hittiles towards the target. The laser beam riding guidance, which enables precision engagement of the smallest of targets, is immune to all known countermeasures. The hittiles in flight cannot be decoyed by even the latest flares or Electronic Countermeasures (ECM). The STARStreak hittiles are designed to defeat both heavily armoured and light skin aerial targets. On penetrating the targets the hittiles will inflict high levels of kinetic energy damage and each hittile also has a fragmenting warhead which detonates inside the target to maximise lethality. The strike is highly precise yet collateral damage is minimised.
Combat use
The STARStreak High Velocity Missile was designed to provide close air defence against conventional air threats such as fixed wing fighters and late unmasking helicopter targets.The portable shoulder-launched (single missile) Starstreak is assembled and ready to fire in a few seconds. Preparation for firing involves clipping an aiming unit on to the missile canister.
 
Specifications
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Type
Man portable surface-to-air defense missile sytem MANPADS
Combat weight
- Tripod: 16 kg
- Traverse Head: 19.5 kg
- Sighting system: 9 kg
- Thermal sight: 6 kg
Designer Country
United Kingdom
Country users
United Kingdom, South Africa, Thailand
Crew
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Type of engaged targets
Fixed wing fighters and late unmasking helicopter targets.
Missile
Weight: 16.8 kg
Weight Warhead: 0.9 kg
Warhead type : triple kinetic/HE submunitions
Flight speed: Mach 3
Range and altitude
Minimum 300 , maximum 7,000m
Guidance sysem
ACLOS Semi-automatic command to line of sight
Time into action
SP - less than 10 seconds to 10 minutes. LML - 2 minutes. Single missile - less than 10 seconds
 
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Starstreak HVM high velocity short-range surface-to-air missile MANPADS technical data sheet description information specifications intelligence identification pictures photos images personnel carrier British United Kingdom Thales defence industry army military technology
Starstreak HVM high velocity short-range surface-to-air missile MANPADS technical data sheet description information specifications intelligence identification pictures photos images personnel carrier British United Kingdom Thales defence industry army military technology
   
Starstreak HVM high velocity short-range surface-to-air missile MANPADS technical data sheet description information specifications intelligence identification pictures photos images personnel carrier British United Kingdom Thales defence industry army military technology
Starstreak HVM high velocity short-range surface-to-air missile MANPADS technical data sheet description information specifications intelligence identification pictures photos images personnel carrier British United Kingdom Thales defence industry army military technology
 
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