Russia’s Defence Ministry recently said that Ukrainian aircraft had struck two industrial sites in the Russian-held city of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine with Storm Shadow missiles supplied by Britain.
About Storm Shadow Missile –
- It is a long-range cruise missile with stealth capabilities, jointly developed by the UK and France.
- The missile is intended to strike high-valued stationary assets such as airbases, radar installations, communications hubs and port facilities.
- Able to be operated in extreme conditions, the weapon offers operators a highly flexible, deep-strike capability based on a sophisticated mission planning system.
- The Storm Shadow is also in service with the air forces of Egypt, India, Italy, Greece, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
- Features —
- It is typically launched from the air.
- It carries a 450kg conventional warhead to a range of up to 200 miles (300km).
- The missile weighs 1.3 tonnes and is just over 5m long.
- It is equipped with fire-and-forget technology and fully autonomous guidance.
- The missile is fitted with a passive imaging infrared seeker.
- The missile is programmed with every detail of the target and the path to be taken to reach the target prior to its launch.
- Once launched, the Storm Shadow drops to a low altitude to avoid detection by enemy radar before latching onto its target with the infrared seeker.