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Starstreak  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1997
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: HVM
Origin: United Kingdom
Corporations: Thales
Parent System: Starstreak
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1997
Total Production: ?
Family Members: Starstreak II
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Description: The Starstreak is a short-range, two-stage, hypervelocity surface-to-air and air-to-air missile designed to defeat the most advanced airborne threats. In service with the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom (UK) from 1997, it is launched from shoulder, tracked vehicles (Stormer), wheeled vehicles, and helicopters such as the British Army's WAH-64 Apache. According to the UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) estimates, the Starstreak missile will remain in service with the British Armed Forces until 2020.

The Starstreak missile features a two-stage rocket motor and high precision laser beam-riding guidance immune to all known countermeasures. The first stage motor ejects the missile out of its canister. At a safe distance from the launcher, the second motor ignites and accelerates the missile to more than 3 times the speed of sound. It has three individually guided darts which separate from the missile when the second motor ends. The darts are guided by laser beam-riding and are effective in clutter and battlefield obscurants. It does not require maintenance neither in service support.

The Mach 3 Starstreak I missile introduced in 1997 features a maximum parabolic range of 6,000 meters against airborne targets flying below 5,000 meters of altitude. The missile weighs 14 kilograms, is 1.39 meters in length and 270mm in diameter. It can engage fixed- and rotary-wing targets at ranges from 300 meters to 6,000 meters providing air defense capability to ground forces. In addition to the United Kingdom, South Africa is the only known export customer for this weapon system.

On 29 July 2004, the UK MoD ordered an additional lot of Starstreak HVM missiles to replenish the very short range air defense systems (VSHORADS) operated by British Forces. The additional lot value was valued at £180 million ($321 million).

Starstreak Applications


Armored Vehicles CVR-T Combat Aircraft AH-64D Apache Longbow

Starstreak Specifications

Number of Stages: 2
Dimensions
Diameter: 270 millimeter (10.6 inch)
Length: 1,390 millimeter (55 inch)
Performance
Max Range: 6,000 meter (3.24 nautical mile)
Min Range: 300 meter (0.16 nautical mile)
Target's Max Altitude: 5,000 meter (3.11 mile)
Speed
Top Speed: 3 mach (3,587 kph)
Time
Service Life: 10 year
Weight
Weight: 14 kilogram (30.9 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
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Starstreak News

There are 6 news between
20 May 2003 and 23 Jan 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009UK MoD Awards Thales ADAPT Contract for Sustainment of Starstreak Missile Beyond 2020
Wednesday, June 11, 2008BAE Systems Unveils Fury Unmanned Ground Attack Air Vehicle
Tuesday, June 10, 2008UK Banshee Subsonic Aerial Target Training System Enters Service
Thursday, July 29, 2004Thales Awarded Missile Contracts worth $750 Million
Wednesday, July 21, 2004Future British Armed Forces Takes Shape
Tuesday, May 20, 2003South Africa To Become Starstreak First Export Customer

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