Alvis Stormer HVM is a vehicle known for firing a unique in its design Starstreak missile. However, the 3 darted menace is not the only missile that the Stormer can threaten its enemies with. There is another one, a missile that is as deadly to ground targets, as it is to the air targets.
Every great thing has its start, so let me explain its development to you.
The Lightweight Multirole Missile was initially conceived as Thales’ response to the MoD’s FASGW(L) or Future Air-to-Surface Guided Weapon (Light) requirement. FASGW consisted of both a heavy and light system. The light requirement was to be a new weapon optimised around defeating fast-in-shore-attack-craft. Yes, the missile started as an anti-ship missile, however the multirole idea was with the designers from the start, causing the missile to evolve into a threat to both air, ground and sea targets. The program started in year 2009 and the first version of LMM was presented to the MoD in 2011.
Thales submitted a redesigned Starburst missile which would maintain the use of a SACLOS guidance system as means of overcoming the tight rules of engagement present in in-shore waters and ensuring continued effectiveness against low-reflectivity targets. However, during the later stages of the development many different configurations were created.
This kind of modular approach allows for the missile that is best suited for any mission that it is given to it.
The missile was designed for use from very small platforms, including airborne UAVs, weighting only 13kg and with length of only 1,3m, and has zero recoil when fired.
For the sake of this suggestion, I will focus on the SALH/LOSBR version of the missile, the one used on the Stormer HVM. This version of the missile was first showcased in 2019.
The missile in this configuration has a laser receiver that is the same as that in the Starstreak missile, making it compatible with all launchers capable of shooting Starstreak, and the tube it is stored has the same dimensions allowing for easy integration with all types of launchers, Stormer included.
Unfortunately, the LMM is a very recent missile, making some of the statistics classified. However, using sources publicly available, I was able to provide the rough data of the missile.
Dimensions: Length 1.3m, Diameter 76mm
Guidance type: SALH/LOSBR Can be changed before launch to increase the hit probability and lethality, 6DoF.
Speed: Over Mach 1,5 (510 m/s)
Maximum effective range: 8km
Propulsion: 2 Stage Solid fuel, Low Smoke
Steering: PID, around 30g, steered using all four front canards, seeker and canards are on a bearing that slows/negates their rotation compared to the rest of the missile.
Warhead: Dual purpose 3kg Blast Frag/ Shaped charge (Capable of destroying both air and armored targets, similar to MIM146 present in game, the most likely penetration would be around 600mm)
Fuze: Impact and Laser Proximity up to 3m.
Here are the pictures of Stormer HVM with LMM loaded in its launcher (LMM has a beige cover)
2 Starstreaks 6 LMM
4 Starstreaks 4 LMM
Model Based Design employed in LMM development Ronnie Fleming - PDF Free Download
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