What is a Stormer? Armored vehicle with Starstreak missiles

Stormer armored vehicles can fire Starstreak anti-aircraft missiles at enemy aircraft

The UK is expected to supply Ukrainian forces with anti-aircraft vehicles as they battle the new Russian offensive in the east of the country.

The support comes after Ukrainian generals were invited to the Salisbury Plain army training grounds to see the military anti-aircraft technology available to them.

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A defense source says ‘it is no secret that the UK is committed to assisting Ukraine with its anti-aircraft capabilities’ and Defense Secretary Ben Wallace will make a statement in Parliament later this week, in which he is expected to confirm the supply of Stormer armored vehicles.

Stormer armored vehicles provide a mobile platform for the Starstreak High Velocity Missile (HVM) system (Photo: Adobe)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the Russian military was throwing everything it had into the Battle of Donbass, with most of its combat-ready forces now concentrated in Ukraine and just across the Russian border.

In his nightly address to the nation, he said, “They pushed almost everyone and everything capable of fighting us against Ukraine.”

He called for more help with air defense on the ground.

What is a Stormer armored vehicle?

Stormer armored vehicles during training exercises in England (Photo: Adobe)

Stormers are British armored and anti-aircraft fighting vehicles. “Armor” refers to the armor that vehicles are equipped with, for protection against bullets or shrapnel and “anti-aircraft” means that they are designed to protect against air attacks.

Stormers act as a mobile platform for Starstreak High Velocity Missiles (HVMs) which can be used to counter air attacks.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Western governments have provided only shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles.

According to the Ministry of Defence, a Stormer has a maximum speed of 80km/h, a range of 600km and weighs 13.50kg.

The Stormer is equipped with a roof-mounted air defense warning device that provides target detection and prioritization. A panoramic weapon sight is located at the front of the vehicle.

A gunner from 170 Battery, 12 Regiment Royal Artillery stands with the High Velocity Missile (HVM) Light Multiple Launcher (LML) during a demonstration held at Baker Barracks on Thorney Island. Photo: UK MOD © Crown

What are Starstreak Missiles?

Starstreak missiles are a British short-range air defense system that can be operated manually over the shoulder or mounted on vehicles, as is the case with the Stormers.

The missile releases three darts that each have an explosive warhead. It is one of the fastest and most accurate missiles in its class.

If not, how does the UK support Ukraine?

The British government has provided economic, humanitarian and defensive military aid to Ukraine since the Russian invasion.

The UK has sent over 4,000 anti-tank weapons to Ukraine, including NLAW and Javelin missiles, as well as vagrancy ammunition. They also provided Ukrainian troops with military equipment such as body armor, helmets and night vision goggles.

After refugees were targeted in the Kramatorsk train station attack, Boris Johnson has pledged to send an additional £100million worth of weapons to Ukraine.

The government has also provided £400million in humanitarian and economic aid to Ukraine and the NHS has donated medicines and critical care equipment.

The UK has joined other allies such as the US, EU and Australia in imposing sanctions on Russian oligarchs and institutions, with more than 1,000 individuals and entities facing sanctions.

Chester T. Johnson