Thales and Malaysian firm, Global Komited have signed a ForceSHIELD integrated air defense system contract that includes StARSTreak missiles at the ongoing DSEi expo in London.
Thales tweeted, “Thales & Global Komited sign ForceShield contract for Malaysia including STARSTreak missiles,” at the opening day of the DSEi 2015.
Starstreak is a short range Man-portable air-defense system (MANPADS) manufactured by Thales.
After launch, the missile accelerates to more than Mach 4. It then launches three laser beam riding sub-munitions, increasing the likelihood of a successful hit on the target. Thales rebranded the system under the ForceShield banner.
The StarStreak MANPADs use 'Brambling' cast double-based propellant blip rocket motor.
In addition to the STARStreak missiles, the system comprises CONTROLMaster 200 radar and weapon coordination systems, RAPIDRanger and RAPIDRover mobile weapon systems and the Next Generation Lightweight Multiple Launcher, as well as associated communications.
The STARStreak missiles and launcher systems are manufactured in Thales’s facility in Belfast and the CONTROLMaster by Thales in France. This significant purchase by the Malaysian Armed Forces will increase jobs in Belfast and develop high value added jobs and skills set in Malaysia through a program of technology transfer.
The purchase of ForceSHIELD will enable the Malaysian Armed Forces to replace and enhance the previously commissioned Thales STARBurst missile system, which has been in service since the mid 1990’s.