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15th May, 2023 Security

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  • Russia's Defence Ministry said that Ukrainian aircraft had struck two industrial sites in the Russian-held city of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine with Storm Shadow long-range cruise missiles supplied by Britain.



  • The Storm Shadow / SCALP is a long-range, air-launched, stand-off attack missile offered by France-based MBDA Systems primarily for the UK and French armed forces.
  • It is derived from the MBDA Systems’ Apache anti-runway missile.


  • The missile is intended to strike high-valued stationary assets such as airbases, radar installations, communications hubs and port facilities.

Key features

  • The Storm Shadow can engage the targets precisely in any weather conditions during day and night.
  • The long range and low attitude combined with subsonic speed make the Storm Shadow a stealthy missile.

Countries using it

  • 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).
  • It is referred to as Black Shaheen in the UAE Air Force service.


Q) Which of the following statements with reference to Storm Shadow Missiles is/are incorrect?

1.  The Storm Shadow is in service with the air force of India.

2. It is a long-range, air-launched, stand-off attack missile offered by Britain.

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2

Correct Answer: 2