SMS TO EQUIP THE TERRITOTIAL ARMY WITH THE STARSTREAK HIGH VELOCITY
|Armoured Starstreak is a self-propelled
|The Lightweight Multiple Launcher
Shorts Missile Systems Ltd (SMS), the UK Prime Contractor for Very
Short Range Air Defence Systems (VSHORADS) today announced the award
of a further contract for Starstreak launcher and fire control systems
along with associated training and support equipment.
The value of the contract is around (GBP60m) and is further evidence
of the Ministry of Defence's continuing commitment to this world
beating missile system, and it follows the GBP200m order for missiles
that SMS received in December last year to supply the Regular Army.
The Starstreak High Velocity Missile (HVM) entered service with
the British Army in 1997 and was successfully deployed in support
of the UN operation in Kosovo in 1999. This new order is to equip
both regular and Territorial Army forces with this very latest missile
system operating at a velocity in excess of Mach 3 and utilising
laser beam riding guidance rendering it immune to all known countermeasures.
Speaking from Belfast today Terry Stone, Chief Executive Officer
of SMS said, "Obviously we are delighted with the announcement
of this contract. We are all very confident in the world class capabilities
of this system but it is always very rewarding to see this translated
into orders for the system. The UK deploys Starstreak primarily
as an armoured configuration, but the system has been designed to
ensure that integration onto a Lightweight vehicle is equally possible.
We are confident that the Starstreak range of systems can defeat
the primary air defence threats within the Very Short Range segment
for many countries and I look forward to adding to this order with
SMS is part of Thomson Racal Defence Limited, the UK's second largest
defence supplier. Thomson Racal Defence's extensive activities encompass:
communications, air defence, sensors, optronic systems, naval systems
and avionics. Combined global revenues of the Thomson-CSF group
are 8.2 billion euros. The company employs 65,000 people world-wide;
50% are based outside France, including 14,5000 in the UK, which
has turnover of 2 billion euros.
© «Shorts Missile Systems», 28.09.2000
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