GMN Aerospace opens manufacturing center, signs contract of intent with Boeing

LONDON, 19 Nov. 2012. Officials in the Royal Thai Army sought an air defense system to help modernize the air forces protecting the Kingdom of Thailand. They found their solution at Thales UK.

Under a new, multi-million-pound contract, Thales will supply its STARStreak air defense missile system, which includes STARStreak very-short-range air defense (VSHORAD) missiles and lightweight multiple launchers (LML).

The LML tripod-based system enables the fast deployment of STARStreak missiles in response to attacks from low-level fighter aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and attack helicopters.

The STARStreak and LML system served as a core element of the British Army’s air defense capability at the London 2012 Olympics.

The STARStreak VSHORAD system enables nations to protect key assets against emerging and established threats, says Alex Cresswell, vice president for Land Defence at Thales UK.

STARStreak’s peak velocity is over Mach 3, enabling it to cover a kilometer in less than one second. The operator maintains targeting and full control of the three dart missiles via a laser beam riding guidance throughout the entire engagement, increasing positive target identification and reducing the risk of collateral damage.

The system can be deployed from a variety of vehicle platforms, such as RAPIDRanger. RAPIDRanger is a mobile, lightweight platform with the options of command and control interfaces and early warning or from the tripod-based Lightweight Multiple Launcher.

The missiles require no maintenance, have a shelf life of 15 years, and meet strict qualification standards, including Insensitive Munitions compliance.

The system has been in service in U.K. since 1995 and is expected to remain in-service through 2025.

Get the Intelligent Inbox Bi-weekly Newsletter Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest information on:

  • Comercial Aviation
  • Avionics

Featured Image

Related Products

General Micro "Horizon" C299

The C299 Horizon is a third generation, 6U cPCI SBC module based on GMS’ upgradable CPU...

General Micro "Atom" XPC40X Rugged, Ultra-Small, Ultra-Low-Power Intel Atom™ CPU SBC

The XPC40X Atom is a rugged, low cost, ultra-low power, lightweight, Atom™ based comput...

General Micro's VS295 Eclipse

The VS295 Eclipse is fifth generation, VME SBC module based on GMS, upgradable CPU tech...

Related Companies

Innovative Integration

  Since 1988, Innovative Integration has grown to become one of the world's leading supplier...

General Micro Systems Inc

Since 1979, General Micro Systems has been providing the most diverse line of single-board comput...

Elma Electronic Inc

Who we are...   About Elma Electronic Systems   The Systems division of Elma Electron...
Wire News provided by   


Press Releases


Curtiss-Wright Corporation today announced that its Defense Solutions division has received a contract...

Innovative Integration Announces the FMC-Servo

Camarillo, CA June 19, 2015, Innovative Integration, a trusted supplier of signal processing and data ...


Curtiss-Wright Corporation today announced that its Defense Solutions division has further enhanced it...

Most Popular Articles

All Access Sponsors

Follow Us On...

Our Tweets from AUVSI 2015