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A MODULAR APPROACH TO MISSILE DESIGN


Current lightweight weapon systems are designed to address very specific requirements. The threat set can be wide and varied from surface targets such as tanks or APCs to the new emerging air threats. It is recognised that a capability gap exists for a multi-role lightweight missile that can provide high lethality against the full spectrum of these potential targets. The Lightweight Multi-role Missile (LMM) system satisfies this capability gap.

PRECISION STRIKE

LMM
Lightweight Multi-role Missile - A Family of Weapons

PRECISION STRIKE

LMM

Lightweight Multi-role Missile

LMM is a lightweight, precision strike missile, which has been designed to be fired from a variety of tactical platforms including helicopters, fixed or rotary winged Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), wheeled or tracked vehicles or fast in-shore naval craft. The target set includes surface threats such as static installations, APCs, assymetric threats, fast in-shore attack craft and UAVs. The precision guidance and low collateral damage mean that LMM is optimised for operation in an urban environment. 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 missile has different guidance modes including laser beam riding and/or laser designation to ensure precision attack of targets with man-in-the-loop or automatic guidance. The fragmenting shaped charge warhead coupled with the laser proximity fuze provides excellent lethality against a wide range of targets. This is achieved with low collateral damage which is essential in built-up and urban environments. LMM guidance is provided via the optical tracker system fitted to the launch platform. This guidance unit is contained within an optically stabilised mount which normally comprises Charged Coupled Device (CCD) and thermal cameras coupled with an automatic target tracker (ATT) and the missile laser guidance unit. On target indication, the weapon operator acquires the 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. Throughout the engagement the operator has the executive ability to override the ATT by placing the system in manual guidance mode. LMM possesses excellent lethality against conventional and asymmetric threats including APCs, wheeled and tracked vehicles, because of the shaped charge coupled with the pre-fragmented blast warhead, matched with the highly sensitive proximity fuze.

FEATURES & BENEFITS Multi-mode guidance Proximity sensor modes Warhead variants Anti-armour variants Technology exploitation potential Modular approach to design
THALES HAS A POLICY OF CONTINUOUS DEVELOPMENT AND IMPROVEMENT AND CONSEQUENTLY THE EQUIPMENT MAY VARY FROM THE DESCRIPTION AND SPECIFICATION IN THIS DOCUMENT. THIS DOCUMENT MAY NOT BE CONSIDERED AS A CONTRACT SPECIFICATION. GRAPHICS DO NOT INDICATE USE OR ENDORSEMENT OF THE FEATURED EQUIPMENT OR SERVICES. Thales 2012 Ref: LMMFamily_05_12

Re-use opportunities MISSILE SPECIFICATIONS Lightweight 13kg Greater than Mach 1.5 velocity No launch recoil Operational range out to 8 km Maintenance free - hermetically sealed launch tube 15 year shelf life

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