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Improved ver­sion of Thales’ Starstreak weapon sys­tem hits the mark!

On 19 March a del­e­ga­tion from the UK Min­istry of Defence (MoD) wit­nessed the first demon­stra­tion of the lat­est vari­ant of Thales UK’s self-pro­pelled Starstreak mis­sile system

It incor­po­rates auto­mat­ic tar­get track­ing (ATT), new con­trol con­soles and the fir­ing of the new stan­dard of Starstreak mis­sile (Starstreak II). The demon­stra­tion was car­ried out at the Manor­bier Range in South Wales and was 100% successful.

The incor­po­ra­tion of ATT tech­nol­o­gy into the weapon sys­tem archi­tec­ture not only con­tributes to improved accu­ra­cy and per­for­mance but also results in a major reduc­tion in train­ing time required for the oper­a­tors and sig­nif­i­cant­ly reduces the work­load of the sys­tem operator.

The tar­get for the engage­ment was the Ban­shee, which is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of a small unmanned aer­i­al vehi­cle, the grow­ing threat to British forces on oper­a­tion. The enhance­ments to the Starstreak mis­sile itself mean that the range is extend­ed to beyond 7km and the increased cov­er­age, alti­tude and guid­ance pre­ci­sion means that it is opti­mised for small tar­get destruc­tion. The upgrad­ed launch­er and mis­sile is planned to enter ser­vice at the end of 2010.

Speak­ing from the range in Manor­bier Steve Hill, Vice Pres­i­dent and Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of Thales UK’s air sys­tems busi­ness in UK, said: “I am con­fi­dent that the armed forces will find these enhance­ments of immense ben­e­fit on oper­a­tions. We are delight­ed with the sig­nif­i­cant improve­ments to per­for­mance we have been able to achieve.”

These improve­ments are in addi­tion to the mul­ti-mil­lion pound con­tract award­ed to Thales UK’s Belfast site back in 2003 to design, devel­op, man­u­fac­ture and inte­grate a ther­mal sight­ing sys­tem (TSS) and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion friend or foe (IFF) into the Starstreak weapon sys­tem. This sys­tem has now suc­cess­ful­ly entered ser­vice with the British Army ahead of sched­ule, pro­vid­ing a 24-hour poor weath­er capa­bil­i­ty and, impor­tant­ly, the abil­i­ty to iden­ti­fy tar­gets before engagement. 

The UK MoD rep­re­sen­ta­tive Lt Col S Nevin, said that “the new weapon sys­tem equip­ment demon­strat­ed today will great­ly enhance the abil­i­ty to com­bat the emerg­ing small tar­get threat. The pro­gramme was com­plet­ed to cost and with­in an ambi­tious timescale and Thales should be con­grat­u­lat­ed for their efforts”.

About Thales and Thales UK
Thales is a lead­ing inter­na­tion­al elec­tron­ics and sys­tems group, address­ing defence, aero­space and secu­ri­ty mar­kets world­wide. Thales’ lead­ing-edge tech­nol­o­gy is sup­port­ed by 22,000 R&D engi­neers who offer a capa­bil­i­ty unmatched in Europe to devel­op and deploy field-proven mis­sion-crit­i­cal infor­ma­tion sys­tems. To this end, the group’s civ­il and mil­i­tary busi­ness­es devel­op in par­al­lel and share a com­mon base of tech­nolo­gies to serve a sin­gle objec­tive: the secu­ri­ty of peo­ple, prop­er­ty and nations. The group builds its growth on its unique mul­ti-domes­tic strat­e­gy based on trust­ed part­ner­ships with nation­al cus­tomers and mar­ket play­ers, while lever­ag­ing its glob­al exper­tise to sup­port local tech­nol­o­gy and indus­tri­al devel­op­ment. Thales employs 68,000 peo­ple in 50 coun­tries with 2007 rev­enues in excess of £8.3 bn.

Thales UK employs 9,000 staff based at more than 50 loca­tions. In 2007 Thales UK’s rev­enues were over £1 bn. 

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Ansprech­part­ner / con­tact:
Thales UK, Air Sys­tems
Denise Clarke
Mob: +44 (0)7711 428434

Thales UK
Kathryn Bell
Mob: +44 7813 903274

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