|Type||Man-portable air-defense system|
|Place of origin||United Kingdom|
|In service||1990 to present|
|Used by||See Operators|
|Designer||Thales Air Defence Limited|
|Manufacturer||Thales Air Defence Limited|
|Produced||1986 to 2001|
|Effective firing range||0.3 to 7 km|
|Warhead||High Explosive fragmentation|
|Warhead weight||2.74 kg|
|Engine||Solid rocket motor|
|laser guidance beam riding|
Starburst is a British man-portable surface-to-air missile produced by Shorts Missile Systems of Belfast (since 2002 known as Thales Air Defence Limited). It was used by the British Army (as Javelin S15), Malaysian Armed Forces, and in the Canadian Army as the Javelin until 2005. It can be fired from the shoulder or from a launcher known as Starburst LML – Lightweight Multiple Launcher.
It has been replaced in British service by the Starstreak missile.
The missile was a development of Javelin missile, retaining the Javelin missile body but replacing the radio command system with a laser guidance system similar to that used by the Starstreak missile that was already under development. This is much more difficult to jam than the radio based system used by Javelin. It entered service in 1990, and was deployed to protect British troops during the 1991 Gulf War. It replaced the Javelin by 1993. In 1992 the proximity fuze was improved.
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