The first images of the Alvis Stormer Starstreak HVM (High-Velocity Missile) air defense missile system donated by the UK to Ukraine have emerged on social media 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. (Image source Social Network)
On April 25, 2022, the UK Defense Secretary announced that the UK would send an undisclosed number of Stormer tracked armored vehicles equipped with the Starstreak HVM (High-Velocity Missile) air defense missile system to Ukraine.
With these images posted on social media, 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 offered by the UK to Ukraine is based on the CVRT family of light tracked armored reconnaissance vehicles but with six-wheel suspension instead of five. The vehicle design 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 Defense Starstreak High Velocity Missile (HVM) system. Series production of this version began at the Alvis manufacturing plant in Coventry in late 1991.
The Stormer Starstreak design consists of the driver’s seat in the front left, the engine compartment in the right, and the missile launch station in the rear. The hull of the Stormer is made of fully welded aluminum armor that provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters.
The Stormer Starstreak is fitted with a launch station armed with eight Starstreak missiles in ready-to-launch position with additional missiles carried in reserve. Mounted on the turret roof to the right of the commander’s cupola is the Thales Acquisition Sight (Taunton) and mounted between the two banks of four Starstreak missiles is the Thales Optronics Air Defense Warning Device (ADAD) which is passive.
The Starstreak is a surface-to-air missile that launches three laser-beam 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.