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PRESS RELEASE

12 May 2011

THALES’S LIGHTWEIGHT MULTIROLE MISSILE TO ENTER PRODUCTION

Following three years of development, Thales UK’s


Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM) will now move forward
into full development, qualification and initial production
following contract award by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Qualification testing will take place during 2012 with


production starting at the end of the year, and deliveries
scheduled to commence in 2013. LMM will first enter
service with the UK Armed Forces aboard the new Wildcat Lynx helicopter.

Specific activities covered under the MoD contract include the design, development and qualification
of the laser beam rider version of LMM, together with production of an initial quantity of 1,000 missiles.

LMM is a low-cost, lightweight missile, the development of which began in 2008. It has been
designed to be launched from a variety of air, sea and land platforms against a wide range of threats.

The LMM programme has made significant progress since its launch. Development is at an
advanced stage and Thales has conducted successful guidance control firings in recent months,
including for the first time a semi-active laser (SAL) version.

In parallel with the UK MoD programme, Thales plans to continue the development of the LMM
suite of missiles for land, sea and air launched applications.

Thales has a long association with air defence missiles, such as Javelin, Starburst and Starstreak,
and LMM is part of the company’s plan to enter in other lightweight missile sectors.

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NOTES TO EDITORS
CORE CHARACTERISTICS OF LMM:
Low cost
Precision strike out to ranges of >6km – low collateral damage
Wide range of targets – land, sea & air
Launch from Lightweight air, land & sea platforms

Summary
Diameter 76mm
Length 1.3m
Max range 6000m >> 8000m
Max mach ~1.5
Max weight 13 kg
Min range 400 m
Wing span .26 m
Warhead weight 3.0 kg
Propulsion 2 Stage solid propellant

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Multi-mode guidance
Laser beam riding and/or semi active laser
IR terminal homing
INS/GPS
Laser proximity sensor
Modular warhead options
Low cost

ABOUT THALES AND THALES UK


Thales is a global technology leader for the defence & security and the aerospace & transport
markets. In 2010 the company generated revenues of £11.2 billion (€13.1 billion), with 68,000
employees in 50 countries. With its 22,500 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique
capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most
complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations
around the world working with customers as local partners.

Thales UK employs 8,000 staff based at 40 locations. In 2010 Thales UK’s revenues were
around £1.5 billion.

PRESS CONTACT:
Thales UK
Kathryn Bell

M: +44 7813 903274

E: kathryn.bell@thalesgroup.com

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