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Stormer HVM

Short-range air defense missile system

Stormer HVM

The Stormer HVM fires Starstreak missiles, that are also effective against ground targets

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


   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.

   Vehicle has a roof-mounted panoramic weapon sight and an air defense alerting device for target recognition and prioritization. The Stormer air defense system is capable of rapid engagement and has a high hit probability.

   Vehicle has a crew of three, including commander, operator and driver.

   This air defense system is based on a modified Alvis Stormer armored personnel carrier chassis. Vehicle is powered by a Perkins turbocharged diesel engine, developing 250 hp. It seems that this missile carrier is amphibious with some preparation.

   Sources from the UK MoD claim, that since 2009 Stormers are being gradually decommissioned, mainly because the threat of an airborne attack on Western forces has almost completely disappeared.


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