Shorts Missile Systems has won a British Army order for 1,000 extra Starstreak surface-to-air missiles.
This will take Shorts’ total Starstreak orders to 7,000. They are fitted to Alvis Stormer armoured vehicles, which include a Pilkington Optronics passive infra-red detection system.
SMS and Pilkington Optronics are each 50% owned by French state-owned defence outfit Thomson-CSF, whose future is unclear as the Socialist election victory has put a brake on privatisation plans. French prime minister Lionel Jospin may clarify matters in a speech later this week at the air show.
Shorts is chasing a contract to fit air-to-air missiles to US Army Apache helicopters.
Lockheed Martin is teamed with Shorts for this work and any future orders.