UK MoD places new or­der for Thales’s Starstreak mis­siles


Thales UK has signed a con­tract with the Min­istry of De­fence (MoD) for a fur­ther 200 Starstreak short-range sur­face-to-air mis­siles, a key com­po­nent of the UK’s ground based air de­fence (GBAD) ca­pa­bil­ity. The mul­ti­mil­lion-pound con­tract was an­nounced by the Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron in a speech to the North­ern Ire­land In­vest­ment Con­fer­ence in Belfast.

The Min­is­ter for De­fence Equip­ment, Sup­port and Tech­nol­ogy, Philip Dunne said, “We saw dur­ing the Olympics last year how im­por­tant our air de­fence ca­pa­bil­ity is. This con­tract for 200 ex­tra Starstreak mis­siles will not only pro­vide our armed forces with a highly ca­pa­ble weapon, but it also se­cures hun­dreds of highly skilled de­fence jobs in North­ern Ire­land and should pro­vide con­fi­dence to the ex­port mar­kets of the Starstreak sys­tem.”

The or­der has been placed to in­crease Starstreak stocks as part of the Govern­ment’s trans­for­ma­tion agenda for the armed forces, Force 2020, to equip both the reg­u­lar and re­serve forces with the Starstreak sys­tems.

David Beatty, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Thales in Belfast, said, “Not only will this con­tract sus­tain jobs at our fa­cil­i­ties in North­ern Ire­land, but it also demon­strates very clearly to our ex­port cus­tomers the on­go­ing im­por­tance and trust that the UK MOD places in the Starstreak sys­tem and our de­sign, man­u­fac­tur­ing and sup­port ca­pa­bil­i­ties”.

The Starstreak mis­sile sys­tems, and its, were de­ployed in the UK by the Bri­tish Army dur­ing Lon­don Olympics in 2012.

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