A road-legal Alvis Stormer high-speed missile tank
This is an Alvis Stormer HVM (High Velocity Missile), it was developed as a short-range surface-to-air missile system to neutralize the threat of attack helicopters and low-flying enemy aircraft.
The example you see here is road legal in the UK and is currently offered for public sale, but as you can probably tell the Starstreak missile system has been decommissioned for everyone’s safety.
Quick Facts – HVM Alvis Stormer
- The Alvis Stormer HVM was developed on the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance Platform to provide a Starstreak and Lightweight Multirole Missile mobile system battery to the British Armed Forces.
- Each HVM is equipped with 8 Starstreak missiles ready to fire and up to 12 reload missiles inside the hull.
- The Starstreak missile has a two-stage solid propellant rocket motor and it is capable of reaching speeds of up to Mach 4.0. Each Starstreak contains three high-density darts with impact fuses and explosive warheads.
- The UK Ministry of Defense has dozens of HVMs still in service, and rumors abound that they are also supplied to ukraine.
The Starstreak, or Starstreak HVM (High Velocity Missile), is a man-portable air defense system (MANPADS) manufactured by Thales Air Defense in Northern Ireland.
The missiles can be troop-carried and shoulder-launched, once in flight the missiles can accelerate up to Mach 4, making it the fastest short-range surface-to-air missile in the world.
Once closer to its target, the Starstreak launches three laser beam warheads, tripling the chance of a successful impact.
Although the shoulder-mounted Starstreak is the most common, there are other variants, including ATASK (Air To Air Starstreak), they can be fired from a vehicle-mounted Light Multiple Launcher (LML), from the Boat-mounted Seastreak and self-propelled Alvis Stormer HMV.
Alvis Stormer’s HVM
The Alvis Stormer HVM is essentially a specialized version Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked), CVR(T), which was designed in the late 1960s and entered service in 1970.
The vehicle platform was of course significantly updated during this time, and a huge range of variants were developed.
One of the more modern variants is the Alvis Stormer HVM, a mobile missile battery designed to carry up to 20 Starstreak missiles, with 8 ready to fire and up to 12 more stored in the hull.
The HVM is crewed by three, operational range is 400 miles, top speed is 50 mph and power is provided by a Perkins 6.0 liter 6 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine producing 250 hp.
The UK Ministry of Defense is reportedly currently reducing the number of HVMs in service, meaning some are offered for sale to civilians.
The 1993 Alvis Stormer HVM pictured here
The vehicle you see here is a former British Army Alvis Stormer HVM which was first registered in 2012 and is now privately owned in the UK.
Naturally, the Starstreak and Lightweight Multirole Missile systems have been disabled, but the rest of the vehicle remains roadworthy and road legal.
It is now offered for public sale on Collecting Cars, bidding is open and it is currently located in Northamptonshire in the UK.
If you would like to learn more about this unusual vehicle or register to bid you can visit the list here.
Images courtesy of Collecting Cars
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