Defending key assets and lives with Thales UK advanced weapon systems

Thales develops, manufactures and provides a full range of solutions from early warning to threat neutralisation, at all levels from very short-range systems to extended air defence. We work with our customers to address evolving threats and developing solutions to ensure timely decision-making and effective responses to protect military forces, key assets and citizens.

Defence against surface attack in any environment

As a result of evolving threats proving more mobile, Thales identified the need for multi-role lightweight weapon systems that can be used from a variety of platforms and provide accurate targeting against the full spectrum of potential threats: 

Lightweight Multi-role Missiles (LMM)

A low cost, lightweight, multi-role, missile, designed to be fired from tactical platforms, including fixed or rotary winged Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV) and surface platforms on land and sea, against a wide range of surface threats in asymmetric littoral operations.

High speed air defence with Thales UK’s STARStreak and VT1

Thales in the UK develops solutions to meet the wide-ranging challenges and requirements of air defence.  Providing defence systems and ‘sensor to effector’ technologies enables the protection of vital assets against conventional and asymmetric air attack.

VT1 and STARStreak are the fastest Short Range Air Defence (SHORAD) and Very Short Range Air Defence (VSHORAD) missiles in the world today, with a top speed of Mach 3.5, STARStreak uses high velocity to defeat targets with short unmasking times.


A precision-guided glide munition, Fury contains the same sophisticated technology as Thales’s LMM, but is approximately half the size and weight as it does not incorporate a rocket motor. Thales is the first European manufacturer to demonstrate successfully the delivery of this type of weapon from a tactical unmanned aircraft system.

Next generation light anti-tank weapon (NLAW): is the first ever single soldier missile system that rapidly defeats any Main Battle Tank in just one shot by striking it from above.

STARStreak from Thales UK, the fastest high velocity missile in the world

The STARStreak system, which is in service with the British Army, provides the UK with its VSHORAD capability.

The STARStreak configuration is based on proven principles of high velocity to defeat targets with short unmasking times.
  • The missile can be launched from tracked or wheeled land platforms
  • It can be used with either automatic fire control systems such as the RAPIDRanger or the Lightweight Multiple Launcher (LML) 
  • At Mach 3.5 the weapon system is the fastest of its class in the world
  • Three Hittiles are designed to defeat heavily armoured and light skin aerial targets.The company has been delivering the Air Defence Availability Project (ADAPT) in support of weapon system since 2009 
Thales UK ensures that a specified level of availability of the Starstreak HVM system and associated equipment is provided to the UK Armed Forces whenever and wherever it is required for the length of its time in service.