FARNBOROUGH: Olympics will be boost to satellite television services and makes Thales Starstreak II missile famous already12 Jul 2012, 17:26 UTC
While satellite and television companies are looking forward to the mini-windfall in revenues that the Olympic games will bring (satellite transponder leasing rates, advertising revenues etc) others have more pressing issues on their minds. Currently the British Army is concerned about rogue aircraft disrupting or even attacking the Olympic games starting in London at the end of July. As such it is currently in the process of deploying surface-to-air missiles around the games. In parkland the Rapier missile batteries are being installed. More controversially, lightweight Thales Starstreak missiles are being positioned on some tower blocks. But can they do the job if needed?
While weapon systems’ success is often measured by the number of units sold, in reality, it is really the test of war that finds out whether a weapon system is any good or not. Shorts Missile Systems (the Belfast-based forerunner of Thales) came under scrutiny about how its weapons had performed in the Falklands War some thirty years ago.
While its Royal Navy Sea Cat and British Army Blowpipe MANPAD (man portable air defence system) missiles had some limited success and managed to shoot down some aircraft, many targets were missed and ...