The target aircraft has no time to hide behind buildings or outrun the missile, which travels at more than three times the speed of sound.
As they approach the target, the three darts, called “hitiles”, separate from the missile and head towards the aircraft.
The kinetic energy generated by traveling at such speed will destroy most targets, but to ensure complete destruction, each dart contains a 2-pound, delayed-fire fragmentation warhead that explodes inside the aircraft. such missiles. “As the conflict escalates, the Russians are changing tactics, so the Ukrainians must too,” he said.
“We can all see the horrific devastation inflicted on civilian areas by Russian artillery and airstrikes, which were indiscriminate and deadly. It is therefore vital that Ukraine maintains its ability to fly and suppress Russian air attacks “, he added.
Stressing that the international community has already provided man-portable anti-aircraft missiles, he said the capability of Ukrainian forces “must be strengthened”.
Following Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s pleas for more help, Mr Wallace said providing Starstreak “will allow Ukrainian forces to better defend their skies”.