There is road legal Alvis Stormer high speed missile tank for sale
The tank you are looking at is an Alvis Stormer high-speed missile tank. If you find this image imposing, then you are wise. The Alvis Stormer uses a short-range surface-to-air missile system to attack helicopters and other low-flying craft. And here is an Alvis Stormer HMV tank that is for sale and surprisingly street legal. Hold. *checks notes* That can’t be true.
Can you buy a tank?
It might not be the best idea, but you can buy some decommissioned tanks, as long as the weapon systems are inoperable. Despite the remaining hardware, this Alvis Stormer Starstreak HVM (High Velocity Missile) system has been permanently disabled. I think we can probably agree it’s for the best – me, 9, though, pissed.
While there are several decommissioned military vehicles people can buy, this Alvis is one of the most intense and menacing machines we’ve seen.
What is an Alvis Stormer High Velocity Missile Tank?
The Startstreak HVM is a tank, but its main purpose was a mobile air defense system. According Silodrome, not only could this tank fight moving low-flying craft, but the ammunition – of which there could be eight chambers and another 12 in the cabin – was easily transported by the troops. These missiles could even be shoulder-launched if necessary.
If this mobile air defense tank wasn’t categorically deadly enough on its own, the HVM, once airborne, could travel as fast as Mach 4. Reaching these speeds makes it the fastest short-range surface-to-air missile in the world.
At the risk of sounding like a jump record, making it even deadlier, once close to its target, the Starstreak launched three laser beam warheads, tripling the chances of a successful impact.
The HVM is staffed by three people, with an operational range of 400 miles. The maximum speed of this air defense tank is 80 km/h, drawing its power from a 250 hp turbocharged 6.0-litre Perkins six-cylinder diesel engine.
How much does it cost to buy a tank?
Silodrome discovered this specific Alvis Stormer HVM on the Collecting Cars auction block. The listing states that this tank is ex-British Army equipment that was first road-legal in 2012.
For a vehicle like this to become a registered vehicle, the missile system must be rendered non-functional. You can see in the photos that the barrels were crimped, making it impossible to launch or even hold missiles. The struts also appear to be soldered inside the chambers, cementing the system as entirely off-line.
The machine is located in Northamptonshire in the UK which is currently registered and road legal. For more photos and details, be sure to visit the collect cars website for registration. As of this writing, bidding is still open.
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