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UK weighs up supplying Starstreak anti-air missiles to Ukraine

9th March 2022 - 15:23 GMT | by Harry Lye in London

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The Starstreak HVM high-velocity missile. (Photo: MoD/ Crown Copyright)

The UK has already provided Ukraine with thousands of antitank missiles and other equipment.

Speaking in Parliament on 9 March, UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace revealed the MoD is considering supplying Ukraine with the Starstreak High-Velocity Missile (HVM) to bolster Ukrainian air defence capabilities.

Wallace told MPs: 'In response to Ukrainian requests, the government has taken the decision to explore the donation of Starstreak high-velocity man-portable anti-air missiles.

'We believe this system will remain within the definition of defence weapons but will allow the upgrading force to better defend their skies.'

According to data from the manufacturer Thales, Starstreak HVM can travel at speeds of Mach 3+ and has an operational range beyond 7,000m.

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