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Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM)

Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM)


The Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM) is a lightweight air-to-surface and surface-to-surface missile under development by Thales Air Defence for the United Kingdom. LMM is a low cost, lightweight, precision strike, missile, which has been designed to be fired from tactical platforms including fixed or rotary winged UAVs and surface platforms. The system is designed to provide a rapid reaction to a wide range of the surface threats from wheeled or tracked vehicles, towed artillery or static installations; naval threats from small ships and fast inshore attack craft and an air threat from light aircraft. The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has placed an initial order for 1,000 missiles and deliveries were due to start in 2013.The missile is known as Martlet in British service. The LMM missile’s propulsion system consists of a two-stage rocket motor. It has a velocity of more than Mach 1.5 and an operational range between 6km and 8km, while the minimum range is 400m.

Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM)

Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM)


The missile, sealed in its canister, consists of a two stage motor, warhead and dual mode fuze, together with guidance electronics and a highly
accurate control actuator system. The low cost, covert, flexible LMM missile features soft launch design and has a shelf life of 15 years. It has immediate launch, high lethality, as well as fire on-the-move capabilities. The missile measures 1.3m in length, 0.26m in wing span, and 76mm in diameter. It has a maximum weight of 13kg. It is equipped with a modular shaped charge / pre-fragmented blast warhead, which weighs up to 3kg. The warhead is activated by a highly sensitive laser proximity fuse. The versatile design of the weapon system allows it to be configured to function as an all-in-one weapon system for larger naval platforms and as a hybrid missile / gun system fitted with LMM and integrated with naval guns. It can also be customised for integration on a fast patrol boat.
Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM)

Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM)


Guidance for the LMM missile is provided from an optical tracker system attached to the launch platform. The missile can be operated in multiple secure guidance modes including laser beam riding, automatic guidance and laser designation to ensure precision attack of targets with man-in-the-loop. It can also be equipped with IR terminal homing guidance with INS and GPS navigation, as well as semi-active laser guidance. The guidance section is part of an optically stabilised mount, featuring charge-coupled device (CCD) and thermal cameras connected with an automatic target tracker (ATT) and missile laser guidance unit. On target indication, the weapon operator acquiresthe target in the display monitor. The ATT is directed onto the target by the operator and he engages the ATT, which locks a box around the threat. When the target is within range the operator selects ‘System On’ and presses the firing trigger. The missile is launched and guided automatically to the target.
Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM)

Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM)


LMM is intended to provide a single family of weapons that can be used in different modes, including:

  • Maritime – LMM will be carried on the new Lynx Wildcat helicopters of the Royal Navy for use against small surface vessels. ASELSAN of Turkey has developed dedicated mounting systems which can also enable the LMM to be launched from naval platforms such as fast attack craft (FAC).
  • Surface-To-Surface – The dual-effect (blast fragmentation and shaped charge) of the LMM’s warhead makes it suitable for use against a wide range of ground targets including light/medium armour.
  • Air-Launched – The missile’s modular design allows for future development and introduction of alternative warheads and seekers.

LMM was initially conceived as Thales’ response to the MoD’s Future Air-to-Surface Guided Weapon (Light) FASGW(L) requirement. The FASGW-L missile system consists of five barrel launchers and a laser guidance system. LMM has been designed to be launched from a variety of naval, air and land platforms against a wide range of targets. In July 2014, Thales unveiled a modification of the LMM that turns it into a glide bomb, called the FreeFall LMM (FFLMM). Thales partnered with Textron to market it as the Fury for the U.S. market, who provides a height-of-burst sensor and electronic safe and arm device.

Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM)

Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM)

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Dad’s Army


Dad’s Army is a 2016 British war comedy film, based on the BBC television sitcom Dad’s Army. Directed by Oliver Parker, set in 1944, after the events depicted in the television series. Catherine Zeta-Jones plays an elegant German spy, posing as a journalist, reporting on the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon. The production design was by Simon Bowles, and the cinematography by Christopher Ross. The film was released on 5 February 2016 in the United Kingdom by Universal Pictures. DVD and Blu-ray released in the United Kingdom on 13 June 2016. When the film was released in the United Kingdom, it opened at number 2, behind Goosebumps.

It is summer 1944, and the invasion of Normandy is approaching. Nazi forces in France, seeking intelligence on the invasion location, send their best spy to a town on England’s channel coastline, Walmington-on-Sea. In the town, Captain Mainwaring’s Home Guard is suffering from a lack of luck and appreciation. This is until an elegant journalist, Rose Winters, arrives to report on the platoon’s motives and activities, allegedly for The Lady magazine. The platoon are charmed by her presence, especially Captain Mainwaring and Sergeant Wilson, causing feuds with the townsfolk, especially the platoon’s wives. Adding to tensions it emerges Sergeant Wilson and Rose Winters shared a past dalliance at Oxford University.

Dad's Army

Dad’s Army


Meanwhile, MI5 detect a radio signal transmitted from Walmington-on-Sea towards Berlin, believed to be from the Nazi spy. MI5’s Major Cunningham and Captain Meeks locate Captain Mainwaring and inform him of the enemy presence, stating “it could be anyone”. This news gives the Home Guard a chance to locate the spy and make a real difference in the war. They meet Ms. Winters who poses as a journalist while they are practising a routine of catch the Nazi after Wilson is chosen to play the Nazi. While accompanying the platoon on a patrol, designated Top Secret by the British Army, Winters discovers the Dover base is intended to deceive German air reconnaissance, part of the (real) Operation Bodyguard. Winters now knows the invasion will target Normandy. As the platoon searches for the spy, Rose claims it is Sergeant Wilson. Captain Mainwaring believes Rose and arrests Wilson.

However, Private Godfrey’s sisters investigate Rose and find evidence questioning her journalist credentials and that Rose has a home address in Berlin. The platoon and their wives rally to stop Winters and exchange fire with a German U-boat and a Wehrmacht landing party who are helping Winters escape. The U-boat flees without Winters boarding. Mainwaring heroically arrests Winters and hands her over to MI5. The troop then parade through Walmington, having fought off the Nazis, and are congratulated by Colonel Theakes. Mainwaring and Wilson reconcile. Theakes underlines the platoon success by telling them they have played a prominent part in the war effort.

Dad's Army

Dad’s Army

Gerard Butler of Hunter Killer Meets Real U.S. Navy Submariners


Actor Gerard Butler and Director Donovan Marsh of the new submarine movie Hunter Killer visited Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, CT, Saturday to meet real US Navy submariners, tour the attack submarine USS Hartford, and share a special premiere of the movie with Sailors on base. Hunter Killer is a 2018 American action thriller film directed by Donovan Marsh and written by Arne Schmidt and Jamie Moss, based on the 2012 novel Firing Point by Don Keith and George Wallace. The film stars Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Michael Nyqvist (in one of his final film roles), Common and Toby Stephens, and follows a group of Navy SEALs who must ride in a submarine to rescue the captured Russian President from a coup. Hunter Killer was released in the United States on October 26, 2018, by Summit Entertainment.

Gerard Butler of Hunter Killer Meets Real U.S. Navy Submariners

Gerard Butler of Hunter Killer Meets Real U.S. Navy Submariners


Principal photography on the film began on July 25, 2016, in London, and in Bulgaria. Interior sets of a Virginia-class Hunter Killer submarine were built at Ealing Studios, using blueprints approved by the US Navy, with the spaces expanded slightly to allow freer camera movement. The sets were mounted on a gimbal to simulate the movement of the sea. Ealing also hosted a Pentagon set from where US military personnel track the submarine action. An exterior set of the main Hunter Killer submarine was built in Pinewood Studios’ 806,000-gallon exterior water tank, while underwater scenes were shot using a separate water tank at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, also just outside London. Interiors of the Russian base were built as sets at Nu Boyana Film Studios in Bulgarian capital, Sofia.
Gerard Butler of Hunter Killer Meets Real U.S. Navy Submariners

Gerard Butler of Hunter Killer Meets Real U.S. Navy Submariners

Royal Marines Commandos Recruitment Campaign

Royal Marines Commandos Recruitment Campaign


The Royal Navy has launched a new recruitment campaign for the UK’s world-renowned amphibious force, the Royal Marines Commandos. The campaign gives new meaning to the Royal Marines’ long-running line “It’s a state of mind” by showing that to become a Royal Marine, you have to change what you think is possible. The launch film, ‘The Mist’, was created by Engine’s creative agency, WCRS, and shot by multi award-winning director Nicolai Fuglsig along with a team that included Oscar-winning director of photography, Matyas Erdly.

Royal Marines Commandos Recruitment Campaign

Royal Marines Commandos Recruitment Campaign


‘The Mist’ shows a team of Marines quietly paddling forward into a foreboding mist, surrounded by the ruins of a recent battle. The ad demonstrates how to become a Royal Marine, you must overcome mankind’s primal fear of the unknown. “The Mist” shows a team of Marines quietly paddling forward into a foreboding mist, surrounded by the ruins of a recent battle. The ad demonstrates how to become a Royal Marine, you must overcome mankind’s primal fear of the unknown.
Royal Marines Commandos Recruitment Campaign

Royal Marines Commandos Recruitment Campaign


To keep each film as authentic to Royal Marines operations as possible, they were shot with the Royal Marines on deployment, and each features real, combat-ready Royal Marines Commandos. The new campaign went live on 20th August, video on demand and social media platforms such as Instagram, Youtube and Facebook. These films really highlight the essence of ‘It’s a State of Mind’ but critically that if you become a Royal Marine you can change what you think is possible.The next film in the campaign, “Spider”.
Royal Marines Commandos Recruitment Campaign

Royal Marines Commandos Recruitment Campaign


How they filmed Tom Cruise jumping out of a plane in Mission: Impossible — Fallout

How they filmed Tom Cruise jumping out of a plane in Mission: Impossible — Fallout

How they filmed Tom Cruise jumping out of a plane in Mission: Impossible — Fallout


Filming was slated to start in Paris on April 10. Other locations include the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Norway. Filming officially began on April 8, 2017. Some of the filming was also taking place in New Zealand in July 2017.The municipality of Forsand in Norway allowed the closing of Preikestolen for a time in autumn for the film’s shoot; only crew members and cast were allowed to approach the mountain for nine consecutive days. They also were allowed up to 50 helicopter landings per day.
How they filmed Tom Cruise jumping out of a plane in Mission: Impossible — Fallout

How they filmed Tom Cruise jumping out of a plane in Mission: Impossible — Fallout


In August 2017, Cruise injured his right leg on the London set during filming. Following his accident, the studio announced it would halt the production for at least nine weeks in order for Cruise’s broken ankle and other injuries to heal, but released a statement saying that they would be keeping the July 2018 release date for the film. The injury resulted in costs of around $80 million for the studio, because they had to pay the cast and crew for the eight-week hiatus so they wouldn’t take another job. However, the injury and subsequent costs were offset by insurance, and did not end up counting against the film’s final budget.

How they filmed Tom Cruise jumping out of a plane in Mission: Impossible — Fallout

How they filmed Tom Cruise jumping out of a plane in Mission: Impossible — Fallout


On January 25, 2018, the title was revealed to be Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Filming concluded in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on March 25, 2018. The production in the UAE included filming of a High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) jump scene with Cruise. The scene required Cruise and the crew training on a ground-based vertical wind tunnel, and then using a C-17 military aircraft to make over one hundred jumps from around 25,000 feet (7,600 m) to end up with three takes that McQuarrie wanted for the film. As the scene was to be set near sunset, they could only make one jump a day to try to get each shot.
How they filmed Tom Cruise jumping out of a plane in Mission: Impossible — Fallout

How they filmed Tom Cruise jumping out of a plane in Mission: Impossible — Fallout


Mission: Impossible – Fallout is a 2018 American action spy film written, produced and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. It is the sixth installment in the Mission: Impossible film series, and the second film to be directed by McQuarrie after Rogue Nation (2015), making him the first person to direct more than one film in the franchise. The cast includes Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Michelle Monaghan, and Alec Baldwin, all of whom reprise their roles from previous films, while Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kirby, and Wes Bentley join the franchise. In the film, Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his team must track down stolen plutonium while being monitored by a CIA agent (Cavill) after a mission goes awry. The film received critical acclaim for its direction, story, acting, action sequences and stunts. Many hailed it as the best installment in the series, with some considering it one of the greatest action films of all-time.

Hunter Killer Official Trailer

Hunter Killer Official Trailer

Hunter Killer Official Trailer


Deep under the Arctic Ocean, American submarine Captain Joe Glass (Gerard Butler, Olympus Has Fallen, 300) is on the hunt for a U.S. sub in distress when he discovers a secret Russian coup is in the offing, threatening to dismantle the world order. With crew and country on the line, Captain Glass must now assemble an elite group of Navy SEALs to rescue the kidnapped Russian president and sneak through enemy waters to stop WWIII.
Also starring Oscar® winner Gary Oldman (Best Actor, Darkest Hour, 2017), Common (John Wick: Chapter 2), Linda Cardellini (Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Toby Stephens (Die Another Day), HUNTER KILLER is a high-stakes thriller that unfolds both by land and sea. Only in theaters by Summit Premiere on October 26th, 2018.
Only in theaters by Summit Premiere on October 26th, 2018.

Cockerill® 3000 Series modular turrets

Cockerill® 3000 Series modular turrets

Cockerill® 3000 Series modular turrets


Infantry-led mounted and dismounted operations are in ever greater need of effective fire support. Peacekeeping, reconnaissance and counter-insurgency operations have the same need. This need must be met cost-effectively using weapon systems that remain flexible and effective throughout their service lives. To meet this need, CMI Defence has developed the new Cockerill 3000 Series weapon system.
Cockerill® 3000 Series modular turrets

Cockerill® 3000 Series modular turrets


Based on an unprecedented modular concept, the Cockerill® 3000 Series is a single platform enabling a turret to accommodate guns of different calibres and the corresponding technological modules: automatic 25 mm, 30 mm, 30/40 mm, 35 mm and 50 mm calibre guns, along with direct fire guns of 90 and 105 mm calibre. These systems can also fire missiles. Thanks to their unique operational capabilities, to the rapid inter-changeability both of their crews and their arms, and to their high degree of common design, these modular turrets of the Cockerill® 3000 Series can cover all types of missions and objectives on the battle field (combat tank, bunker and helicopter engagement, urban combat, intervention in combats known as asymmetric…). Moreover, their modularity and commonality significantly optimize both their whole-life cost and operational flexibility.
Cockerill® 3000 Series modular turrets

Cockerill® 3000 Series modular turrets


In its standard form, the Cockerill 3000 Series provides full digital weapon stabilisation and computerised fire control to deliver very high target-hit probability. Thermal and day sights permit 24-hour operation whether the vehicle is static or moving. The User can select ballistic protection up to STANAG Level 5. In short, the Cockerill 3000 Series does everything that the modern soldier expects and more. Depending upon configuration, the Cockerill 3000 Series may be integrated with wheeled or tracked chassis weighing as little as 20 tonnes. This means high tactical and strategic mobility without abandoning protection.
Cockerill® 3000 Series modular turrets

Cockerill® 3000 Series modular turrets


These Cockerill® 3000 Series benefit in particular from the simulation solutions of CMI Defence supplied under the Agueris® brand. These enable training and practice on both virtual immersive cockpits and embedded simulators. The Cockerill 3000 Series is a unique new turret product from CMI Defence. Conceived to deliver unprecedented levels of value to the user, the Cockerill 3000 series:
Delivers cutting-edge day/night, stabilised, high-precision weapon system capability.
Is a single modular, common core platform that provides a single common heart to many products and variants.
Can be readily configured and re-configured as necessary through-life, according to role and operational demand.
Interchangeably accepts a wide range of weapon types and caliberres, from 25mm automatic cannon to 105mm NATO-standard tank gun.
Offers significant reductions in whole-life cost and increases in operational flexibility.
Is now sold in several different configurations and entering production.