Saturday, 24 January 2009

Starstreak II: missile defence for the next decade

The MoD has just placed a £200million order with French-owned Thales-UK for their Starstreak High Velocity Missile (HVM) system. Already a feature in the Army's arsenal (the original variant was first ordered in 1997), this latest contract also includes support for all HVM equipment until the scheduled out-of-service date in 2020.
Starstreak is a short range surface-to-air missile containing three armour piercing darts - each dart being effectively a miniature missile with its own warhead, laser guidance and steering mechanism. As a close air defence system Starstreak is designed to counter threats from very-high-performance, low-flying aircraft and fast 'pop-up' strikes by helicopter attacks.
Starstreak II is scheduled to enter service with British Forces in 2010.

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