First pictures of British Stormer Starstreak air defense missile system used by Ukrainian army
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First pictures of the Alvis Stormer Starstreak HVM (High-Velocity Missile) air defense missile system donated by the UK to Ukraine were released on Social Networks showing the vehicle in the hands of the Ukrainian armed forces.
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Stormer Starstreak air defense missile system donated by the UK in the hands of Ukrainian soldiers. (Picture source Social Network)
On April 25, 2022, the British Defense Secretary of Defense announced that the United Kingdom will send to Ukraine an undisclosed number of Stormer tracked armored vehicles fitted with the Starstreak HVM (High-Velocity Missile) air defense missile system.
With these pictures released on Social Networks, we can confirm that the British Stormer Starstreak HVM (High-Velocity Missile) air defense missile systems are now deployed by the Ukrainian armed forces.
The Stormer Starstreak air defense missile system donated by the UK to Ukraine is based on the CVRT light tracked reconnaissance armored vehicle family but with a suspension of six wheels instead of five wheels. The design of the vehicle is similar to the Spartan, the APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) version of the CVRT family.
In 1986, the Stormer chassis was selected by the British Army as the platform for the Thales Air Defence Starstreak High-Velocity Missile (HVM) system. Series production of this version commenced at the then Alvis manufacturing facility in Coventry in late 1991.
The design of the Stormer Starstreak consists of the driver seat at the left front, the engine compartment to the right, and the missile launching station at the rear. The hull of the Stormer is made of all-welded aluminum armor which provides protection against the firing of small arms and artillery shell splinters.
The Stormer Starstreak is fitted with a launching station armed with eight Starstreak missiles in the ready-to-launch position with additional missiles being carried in reserve. Mounted on the turret roof to the right of the commander's cupola is the Thales (Taunton) acquisition sight and mounted between the two banks of four Starstreak missiles is the Thales Optronics Air Defence Alert Device (ADAD) which is passive.
The Starstreak is a surface-to-air missile that launches three laser beam-riding submunitions, increasing the likelihood of a successful hit on the target. The missile is designed to destroy aerial targets such as helicopters and high-speed ground attack aircraft. It has a maximum firing range of 7 km.