HVM Starstreak is a British short range surface-to-air missile manufactured by Thales Air Defence Limited (originally Shorts Missile Systems), in Belfast. HVM stands for "High Velocity Missile".
After launch the missile accelerates to approximately Mach 3.5, at which point it launches three laser beam riding submunitions. The use of three submunitions increases the likelihood of a successful hit on the target.
has been in service with the British Army since 1997.
second stage burns out the three dart submunitions are released. The
darts are each 396 mm long with a diameter of 22 mm and weigh about
0.9 kg. Each dart consists of a rotating forebody with two canard fins
attached to a non-rotating rear assembly which has four fins. The rear
assembly also houses the electronics that guide the missile. The dart
housing is made from a tungsten alloy, and contains approximately 0.45
kg of explosive with a delayed impact activated fuse.