UK: Thales has developed a ready-for-market precision-guided bomb, FreeFall LMM or FFLMM. The weapon, which is a 70-cm (28-inches) long, 6-kg glide bomb, is based on its Lightweight Multi-role Missile (LMM) and is designed for use on small unmanned air systems.
FFLMM was developed by Thales at its missiles division based in Ireland. The company has partnered with Textron, who will be their US market partner in the weapon’s development. Textron will market the bomb as the Fury, alongside its heavier G-CLAW glide bomb.
"The growth in unmanned aerial systems for the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) role has been phenomenal, but many of these systems have no way of dealing with fleeting or time-sensitive targets," says Ricky Adair, director of sales and marketing for the missiles division at Thales. "Using our development work with LMM, we have created a weapon with a high level of maturity, but a low cost of integration."
The weapon has been in development for around 18 months. Thales has already completed a series of flight trials and drops from an unnamed Textron unmanned platform outside the UK.
Source: Aviation Week