Britain is donating a number of Stormer armoured vehicles fitted with Starstreak anti-air missile launchers, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said on Monday.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said on Monday:
“I can now announce to the House that we will be gifting a small number of armoured vehicles fitted with launchers for those anti-air missiles. The Stormer vehicles will give Ukrainian forces enhanced, short-range anti-air capabilities both day and night.”
Starstreak was recently used to shoot down a Russian helicopter in Ukraine for the first time, according to a report. A Ministry of Defence source told The Times a video (you can see it below) showed Starstreak being fired over Ukraine. The source added that the system had been used by Ukrainian forces for almost a week.
The footage circulating online shows a high-velocity Starstreak projectile destroying an aircraft in the Luhansk region of Ukraine.
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According to the manufacturers Thales, STARStreak is a short-range, man-portable, air-defence system manufactured by Thales in the UK and is optimised to provide defence against air threats including fixed-wing Fighter Ground Attack aircraft and late unmasking Attack Helicopters.
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Britain will also send an unspecified number of Mastiff heavily armoured vehicles to Ukraine, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace confirmed. It is understood that the vehicles will be stripped of sensitive equipment with British troops sent to a country neighbouring Ukraine to provide training.
Mastiff is the British version of the Cougar 6×6 and can be armed with a 7.62 mm GPMG, 12.7 mm heavy machine gun or 40 mm grenade machine gun.
What are Stormer armoured vehicles?
Stormer armoured vehicles are 13.5-tonne armoured vehicles manufactured by BAE Systems Land & Armaments. They were modified from armoured personnel carriers to launch high-velocity Starstreak missiles. Ukrainian troops have been in the UK training to operate these vehicles.
Britain has been training Ukrainian troops for some time already, since 2015. Operation Orbital is the code-name for a British military operation to train and support the Armed Forces of Ukraine. It was launched in response to the 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea.