At least two (2) British “STORMER” surface-to-air-missile launchers have been spotted being trucked inside Ukraine.
The Alvis Stormer is a military armored vehicle manufactured by the British company Alvis Vickers, now BAE Systems Land & Armaments. The Stormer is a development of the CVR(T) family of vehicles (Scorpion, Scimitar, Spartan etc.), essentially a larger, modernized version with an extra road-wheel on each side.
Like most modern AFVs, Stormer can be produced in several different configurations for different battlefield roles. It is marketed by BAE as being available in several configurations, such as a two-person turret armed with a 25 mm cannon, air defence (with guns or missiles), an engineer vehicle, a recovery vehicle, an ambulance, a mine layer, an 81 mm or 120 mm mortar carrier, a command and control vehicle, a bridge layer, and a logistics vehicle. Optional equipment includes a nuclear-biological-chemical protection system, an amphibious kit, passive night-vision equipment, and an air-conditioning system.
Specific types are:
The British Army use Stormer equipped with High Velocity Missile (HVM) – the Starstreak and Martlet (missile) aka Lightweight Multirole Missile for short-range air defense. Under the Army 2020 plan for the British armed forces, Stormer HVM was to equip three regular and two reserve artillery batteries. The reserve batteries have since all been converted to HVM Lightweight Multiple Launcher (LML) to reduce the training burden. There are reports the Stormer HVM is being supplied to Ukraine. Six had arrived by July 24, 2022, according to the Ukrainian army.
Flat bed Stormer
A Stormer with Shielder system
A transport version of the Stormer with a flat load bed is used to carry the Shielder minelaying system.
Stormer 30 is a development of the Stormer chassis as a tracked reconnaissance vehicle. It is a turreted version of the Stormer. It is armed with a 30 mm Bushmaster II automatic cannon. A TOW missile launcher can be fitted to either turret side. The cannon and turret can traverse through 360°. The elevation is from -45° to +60°.
The rate of fire of the cannon is from single shot to a maximum of 200 rounds per minute. The cannon has a double selection ammunition feed system with 180 rounds of ammunition ready to fire.
The vehicle remains in the prototype stage and it is unclear when it will enter service. The vehicle will be fully air transportable by Lockheed C-130 Hercules used by the Royal Air Force aircraft as well as the Sikorsksy CH-53 helicopter currently in service with NATO allies and other nations across the world.
Stormer Air Defense
The Stormer Air Defense was a prototype air defense vehicle built in the late 1980s. This variant was to mount a dual Stinger launcher, as well as either a 25 mm GAU-12/U or 30 mm GAU-13/A cannon.
A Stormer HVM with Starstreak missiles
- Crew: 3 + 8
- Armament: 1 x 7.62 mm machine gun standard but depends upon version
- Engine: Perkins T6.3544 six-cylinder diesel
- Length: 5.27 m (17 ft 3 in)
- Width: 2.4 m (7 ft 10 in)
- Height: 2.27 m (7 ft 5 in)
- Max speed: 80 km/h
- Range: 650 km