DataGate has awarded a multi-million pound contract to Thales to supply additional STARStreak air defence missile systems to the Royal Thai Army.
Signed at the ongoing Defence Security and Equipment International exhibition in the UK, the contract covers the supply of undisclosed number of STARStreak missiles and lightweight multiple launchers.
Thailand initially purchased STARStreak systems in November 2012.
Thales UK CEO Victor Chavez said: "STARStreak is the leading VSHORAD system in the world today, enabling nations to protect key assets against both emerging and established threats."
Introduced in 1997, the STARStreak is a self-propelled high-velocity missile system designed to provide close air defence against a multitude of conventional air threats, including high-speed fixed wing aircraft, unmanned air vehicles and late unmasking helicopter targets.
Powered by a two-stage solid propellant rocket motor, the missile is claimed to be the world’s fastest very short range air defence (VSHORAD) system, and also features lightweight multiple launchers that allows for swift deployment against battlefield threats.
The missile can reach a maximum speed of Mach 3.5, and is also fitted with three high-density darts and laser beam riding guidance for maximum accuracy and engagement of smallest signature targets that are difficult to hit with legacy missiles.
Fired from a lightweight multiple launcher or from the Stormer armoured vehicle, the missile is qualified for operation in severe climate / EM / nuclear, biological, and chemical conditions.
Previously acquired missiles are currently being used by the Thai Army’s 7th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion based near Bangkok, and deliveries of the newly ordered systems are expected to take place in late 2016 or early 2017, IHS Jane’s reported.
Image: STARStreak missiles are claimed to the world’s fastest very short range air defence missile, Photo: courtesy of Thales.