Royal navy testst new lightweight multirole missiles
- July 5, 2019
Royal Marines have tested their ability to take out airborne targets with a new missile system on the ranges in south Wales.
According to the Royal Navy statement, Air Defence Troop of Plymouth-based 30 Commando IX Group are the first sub unit to use the fresh-out-the-packet Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM) system.
Drones were launched and, from a platform looking out to sea, the commandos used the laser-guided missiles to accurately hone in on their targets.
The missile is fired from a small shoulder launcher and the operator guides it using a joystick which controls a laser beam on which the projectile flies.
“It gives us more utility across the battlefield and gives the brigade a different option.” Said Captain James O’Rourke, Officer Commanding of Air Defence Troop.
The new missile – which can travel more than 6km – is intended to replace the High Velocity Missile (HVM) currently used by the marines and Royal Artillery.
LMM can be mounted on vehicles, ships and helicopters and can be used against surface and air targets.