22 May 2019

Alvis Stormer HVM: Control of the skies!

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The Stormer HVM was the pinnacle of armoured vehicle and AA armament development by the UK. A close range anti-aircraft missile system on a mobile platform is an ideal combination to cover the ground troops.

Briefly: The Stormer HVM is one of the most modern and unusual anti-aircraft missile systems in the game. 16 guided missiles, each one capable of dividing into three guided tungsten rounds containing explosives.

History

In the mid 1980’s it became clear that supersonic aircraft and strike helicopters proved to be dangerous against ground troops. To counter these threats back in 1986, the British Ministry of Defence began development of the “Starstreak HVM” (High Velocity Missile) anti-aircraft missile system. The production was done by the Shorts Missile Systems company. On the 1st of September in 1997, the famous Starstreak anti-aircraft missile system had been put into service by the British Army. Initially it was developed in 3 different variants: portable, stationary and mobile, although later they additionally developed an air version but it didn’t find a practical application.

The armoured personnel carrier Stormer was created by using the propulsion system, the transmission and chassis of the light scouting FV101 Scorpion tank for the mobile version of the system. In 1975 on the base of this armoured personnel carrier, the self-propelled anti-tank missile system FV102 Striker was created. Since the vehicle proved itself well, it was decided to additionally create the self-propelled anti-aircraft system Alvis Stormer HVM on its platform.

HVM Stormer,SPAA, Britain, VII rank.

pros:

  • Unique AA missiles
  • Good speed

cons:

  • High profile
  • Weak defence
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In War Thunder the Alvis Stormer HVM anti-aircraft missile system will be the first anti-aircraft system for Great Britain. Not only the first, but also the most modern and unique in the game. The behavior of the vehicle is equal to the already existing FV102 Striker - same good dynamics, same light armour. But this time your target will be helicopters and jets. Especially as the Stormer has a launcher boasting 8 guided missiles which will use a laser targeting system. The warhead of these missiles being three dart kinetic impactors, each of them carry a small amount of explosive mass which ensure guaranteed target destruction after penetration.

Fun fact: Currently, the Alvis Stormer HVM system is still in service with the British Army and its production continues. The number of the already produced anti-aircraft missile systems is over 151 units.

After detaching from the missile, they line up in a triangular battle formation, begin to rotate around the central aiming line and continue to move towards the target with sufficient maneuverability. Target destruction happens by the detonating of the small fragmentation part of the “dart” inside the target after penetration of the hull and protection elements that ensure the maximum impact. This is a complex missile, and the vehicle has 16 of them - 8 already in the launchers and 8 in the vehicle hull.

But it is better not to face other ground vehicles - this anti-aircraft system has a very high silhouette which would be very hard to miss. If it is really close, the Stormer missile would be able to penetrate any frontal armour on light vehicles or BMP’s and  also the side armour of a MBT (main battle tank), but we would still advise you to use the high mobility of the vehicle and keep your eyes on the skies.

Are you tired of annoying pilots that like to target tankers? The Stormer HVM will be the worthy and long-awaited answer to any air threat! Try the new technology of these missiles soon in War Thunder update 1.89 "Imperial Navy"!


The War Thunder Team

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