On Monday 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.
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British Army Stormer Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFV), firing high velocity Starstreak missiles. (Image source UK MoD)
Currently, the UK continues to support Ukraine with military equipment and weapons. On April 8, 2022, the UK approved another €120 million in aid to provide military equipment and weapons to Ukraine, including anti-tank missiles and air defense systems, as well as ammunition and weapons. non-lethal aids like helmets, body armor and night vision goggles.
In recent weeks, the forces have increased the pressure for the conquest of eastern Ukraine with numerous bombardments throughout Ukrainian territory. On April 19, 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that Russian forces have started their new offensive against eastern and southern cities, adding that the Russian military will involve new military forces in Ukraine to participate in military operations .
The Stormer is a tracked light armored vehicle that was developed by the British company Alvis Vicker based on the CVRT, a family of light armored reconnaissance vehicles but with many new improvements. The transmission is the same as on the CVRT vehicle but with a modified input gear set. It uses components from the CVRT suspension but with six road wheels instead of five for the CVRT.
The Stormer design consists of three main parts with the driver in the left front of the hull, the engine compartment on the right and a troop compartment in the rear. The hull is made of fully welded aluminum armor to provide protection against small arms fire and artillery shrapnel.
The Stormer is powered by a Cummins Engines 6BTAA-T250A 6-cylinder diesel engine developing 250hp mated to a semi-automatic transmission. It can drive at a maximum road speed of 80 km/h with a maximum range of 650 km.
The air defense version of the Stormer is equipped with the Starstreak Missile Weapon Station armed with two blocks of four Starstreak missiles ready to fire. Another batch of 12 missiles is stored in the vehicle. The roof of the vehicle is fitted with an Air Defense Alert Device (ADAD), supplied by Thales (formerly Pilkington) Optronics. ADAD is an infrared thermal imaging surveillance system that is used by close air defense units, to detect hostile aircraft and helicopter targets and direct weapons systems into the target area. Operating as an infrared search and track system in the 8 to 14 micron waveband, the alerter is designed to work against low and fast fixed-wing aircraft, as well as the latest generation of helicopters. offensive.
The Starstrek 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.