Stormer HVM Short-range air defense missile system
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Date: 2015-11-13 The Source (author): www.military-today.com
The Stormer HVM (High Velocity Missile) is a short-range air defense system. It was developed primarily to counter the threat of attack helicopters and low-flying aircraft posed to armored formations. This air defense system is in service with the British Army. The first of 151 systems entered service in 1997. The only export operator is Oman.
This air defense system is equipped with Starstreak HVM missiles. Launchers are located towards the rear together with their target sensors. The Starstreak missiles have a two-stage solid propellant rocket motor and travel at more than three times the speed of sound (Mach 3.5). Each missile contains three high-density darts with impact fuses and explosive warheads, to make multiple hits on the target. The darts are released as the second stage of the motor burns out. Missiles have a range of 1 500 - 5 500 meters and can counter even high performance low-flying aircraft. Service ceiling for these missiles is 1 000 m. The Starstreak HVM has a semi-automatic line of sight laser beam riding guidance. Missiles are guided on the target by the operator, who tracks the target using the optically stabilized sight.
It is worth noting, that the Starstreak missiles are also effective against ground targets. It is estimated, that darts have sufficient kinetic energy to penetrate the front armor of an IFV.
Eight ready to fire missiles are stored in the launchers and up to 12 reload missiles are carried inside the hull. It is worth mentioning that the Starstreak missiles are also launched form a three-round lightweight launcher and a man portable shoulder launcher.
Specifications of the Stormer HVM Short-range air defense missile system
Entered service 1997 Crew 3 men Dimensions and weight Weight 13.5 t Length 5.6 m Width 2.8 m Height 3.4 m
Missile length 1.39 m Missile diameter 0.27 m Missile weight 20 kg Warhead weight 3 x 0.9 kg Missile speed Mach 3.5 Range of fire up to 5.5 km Guidance system laser Number of missiles carried 20
Engine Perkins T6 3544 diesel Engine power 250 hp Maximum road speed 80 km/h Range 600 km
Gradient 60% Side slope 30% Vertical step 0.6 m Trench 2 m Fording 1.1 m
Date: 2015-11-13 The Source: www.military-today.com
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