Office of the laser beam
The anti-aircraft missile system" Starstreak "designed to engage a wide range of air attacks, including low-flying supersonic aircraft and attack helicopters to turn their effective use of their weapons.
complex "Starstreak" developed in three versions: portable SAMs (SL), a wearable-based transportable light multiply-launcher (LML) and on self-propelled armored chassis "Stormer" (SP). The last option is designed to provide air defense armored units.
leading developer complex "Starstreak" is the company "Thales Air Defence Ltd" (formerly "Shorts Missile Systems"). In addition to her in developing and manufacturing complex are involved: "GKN Defence" (armored chassis "Stormer"), "Avimo" (sighting optical system), "Racal Instruments" (control and testing equipment), "Hunting Engineering" , (launcher), "BAe RO" (rocket engine and fuse), "BAe Systems" (gyro unit and data bus), "Marconi Avionics". In July 2001 we signed a contract to develop a system identification "friend or foe" with the French company "Thales Communications".
anti-missile system "Starstreak" adopted by the British Army September 1, 1997, modified MULTICHARGED launcher - in 2000. Since 1998, the complex in the SP version for export. In 2003, a goal the company "Thales Air Defence Ltd" has won the tender for the supply of SAM "Starstreak" voruzhennyh forces for Africa, totaling more than 20.6 million euros. Contract is carried out within the modernization program of the South African Defense Forces ground-based.
Modification missiles "Starstreak" - missile "air-air" "Helstreak". In September, 1988. firm "Shorts" entered into an agreement to equip the missile weapons melee helicopter AH-64 "Apache". This system is called "Helstreak" consists of one or more airborne missile launchers paired (weighing 50 kg each) and the transmitter pointing system. Launch "Helstreak" adapted to other helicopters.
In 1991 was presented version of the complex "Starstreak" for use on marine mnogopuskovoy system. Two units of three missiles at each can be served from a single location.
All versions use a single missile complex" Starstreak HVM "(High Velocity Missile), which is a unified transport launch canister. The missile is equipped with a two-stage solid-propellant engine. A distinctive feature is the original missile warhead, which is a three swept spears and their breeding system. Each lance (spear length - 0.45m diameter - 0.02m) has a contour control and guidance by a laser beam, a thermopile, armor-piercing core and explosive charge. After dilution with spears arranged in a triangular order of battle around the laser beam. Due to the high speed flight spear pierces body target and then explodes inside her with drawing maximum damage. Throughout the flight range of the spears have enough maneuverability to destroy targets flying from congestion to 9g. Warranty period combat capability missiles - 10 years.
sighting assembly includes a sealed alloy telescopic sight with a stabilized laser system and a monocular sight and sealed control unit housed in molded form, which contains the power supply (with a lithium sulfide battery) and electronic components required for processing and control data.
control unit has joystick trigger, the total switch, switch the wind compensation and metering device level elevation. During the fight, the gunner grasps his goal monocular sight and feeds sighting unit from the power supply. Reticle is in the center of the field of vision gunner, which holds the current target in the crosshairs. Feedforward azimuth and elevation ensures that the missile will destroy the purpose of getting through, including in the rear hemisphere.
After the countdown capture gunner pulls the trigger. From the power supply runs boosters. Rocket takes off from TPK, start the engine when it is turned off. Accelerator accelerates the missile to a high speed that it has sufficient rotation to create a centrifugal force deploys stabilizers. Accelerator is separated from the rocket after its departure from the WPK at a safe distance from the shooter, less than a second flight included main engine and accelerates the missile to speeds in the range between MOH to M4. After disconnecting the main engine sensor signal velocity head automatically jettisoned swept three spears. Swept spears induced by a laser beam shaped by a sighting unit using two laser diodes, one of which scans in the horizontal and the other - in the vertical plane.
After starting the operator continues to combine with the aim aiming mark, using the joystick. According to some reports, the introduction of additional software allows you to keep angle measuring device on the target automatically. After completion of shooting instead of an empty operator attaches to the TPC to the impact the new node.
propelled version of the complex SP (Accommodation on the chassis "Stormer", M113, "Piranha") has 8 launch canisters, located two blocks of four, and is equipped with a passive-infrared target detection and tracking ADAD ("Air Defence Alerting Device ") company" Thales Optronics "(formerly" Pilkington Optronics "). Target detection range of "plane" is about 18km, such as "helicopter" - 8km. Time from target detection to missile launch less than 5 seconds. Ammunition Ammo - 12 missiles. The machine is equipped with satellite communications and satellite navigation (see photo).
also known option of placing the complex "Starstreak" reduced (up to four) number of launch canisters (see photo) on the chassis of vehicle (see photo 1, photo 2).
light multicharged launcher LML (see photo) consists of three standard systems "Starstreak", located "traffic light" (vertical). Portable unit mounted sighting on the rotator, which can quickly turn 360 degrees. Launcher can receive target designation system ADAD or external radar detection system equipped with identification "friend or foe" and infrared sight "Starlite", providing the-clock use of the complex. Tripod Weight - 16kg, aiming block - 19.5kg, the tracking system - 9kg, infrared sight - 6kg. Missile launch can be done in less than 9c from the moment of target detection, all three missiles can be released in less than 2 minutes.
complex can be operated at a temperature of from -30 ° to +60 ° C. The
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