Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

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Agreed. Interesting that they seems to be a programme to push the MANPADS further forward and include them in Infantry Companies or be part of the Battalions Support Weapons Company etc. Does this means the non SP Starstreak/LMM launchers will be removed for the Reserve Royal Artillery Air Defence Regiment that currently hold the Army's Weapons, and be given to Infantry Battalions? Maybe the Regiment could then become a second such unit to operate CAMM is additional systems are ordered?

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Timmymagic wrote:I think that was changed due to the new Wildcat Weapons Wing, and potential ground clearance issues of the bottom 2 canisters when a heavy landing occured, particularly aboard ship.
For real or just a theory?

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Ron5 wrote:For real or just a theory?
Just a theory, but it was 7 rounds for an age, the 5 round launcher arrived with the weapons wing. Could be a host of reasons, aero related or weapons handling perhaps. But when you look at a Wildcat on the ground with the new wing and a 5 round pod they're only just lower than the main fuselage (the radome is obviously as well, but the Wildcat squats somewhat to the rear so its not as pronounced). The original wing seen with the 7 round pods held the missile pack higher and had an upwards camber (see the pic on previous page) so the bottom 2 canisters were still above the bottom of the fuselage. The switch to the larger weapons wing brought the munitions closer to the ground at rest. I suspect it was related (plus the ability to carry 4 packs, with a total of 20 missiles, rather than 2 with a total of 14 missiles).

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Timmymagic wrote:
Ron5 wrote:For real or just a theory?
Just a theory, but it was 7 rounds for an age, the 5 round launcher arrived with the weapons wing. Could be a host of reasons, aero related or weapons handling perhaps. But when you look at a Wildcat on the ground with the new wing and a 5 round pod they're just lower than the main fuselage (the radome is obviously as well, but the Wildcat squats somewhat to the rear so its not as pronounced). The original wing seen with the 7 round pods had an upwards camber (see the pic on previous page) so the bottom 2 canisters were still above the bottom of the fuselage. The switch to the larger weapons wing brought the munitions closer to the ground at rest.
Makes sense to me. Saves weight too :thumbup:

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It is also interesting to see the difference in the launch tube between LMM and Starstreak. For example the four missiles on the Seahawk are Starstreak, the giveaway is the tube is the same diameter its whole length and the three bumps on the cover that coincide with the three darts. LMM's launch tube has a larger diameter for the first third of the tube.

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There is a video on YouTube which shows Starstreak having a 12 second launch sequence. Surely this is too long. Does anyone know if this can be over ridden?

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Starstreak is much faster than that. It whole reason for being was to engage helicopters conducting "Pop up" attacks with little or no warning and low level fast jets that were only visible for a short time, though more effective against the former.

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GarethDavies1 wrote:There is a video on YouTube which shows Starstreak having a 12 second launch sequence. Surely this is too long. Does anyone know if this can be over ridden?
What does “launch sequence” mean in that context? Trigger pull to launch? detection to impact? You can see that these represent extreme ends of the scale. Can you share which video states this?

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Not sure what is is meant by the 12 second timer start

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GarethDavies1 wrote:
It states that there is a 12s timer (and a 7.8s one) but it doesn’t indicate what that timer actually does. It could be a safety timer that cuts launch signal power after the launch window or breaks up the darts to reduce the danger area.
Given the other videos out there or the intended mode of function I cannot see any way that there could be a 12s delay between trigger pull and launch.

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Seems clear to me that the video is saying it takes 12 seconds to 1st stage ignition from initial trigger press.

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mr.fred wrote:It states that there is a 12s timer (and a 7.8s one) but it doesn’t indicate what that timer actually does. It could be a safety timer that cuts launch signal power after the launch window or breaks up the darts to reduce the danger area.
Given the other videos out there or the intended mode of function I cannot see any way that there could be a 12s delay between trigger pull and launch.
There is an initial 5 second tracking phase on trigger pull, where the operator tracks the target, that can include the sytem providing super elevation data back to the operator via the firing post. After that the second stage trigger operates and its 0.5 of a second from there to missile launch.

Given the speed of Starstreak and its max range I suspect the 12 seconds is the maximum engagement length from first trigger pull.

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Timmymagic wrote:Given the speed of Starstreak and its max range I suspect the 12 seconds is the maximum engagement length from first trigger pull.
Except that isn't what the video shows.

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Not how I interpreted it.
On trigger press batteries come on line gyros spun up and front end cap ejected by pressure build up, what caused the pressure build up? Didn't explain.
0.45 secs after trigger press 1st stage motor ignition and launch.
In truth the video doesn't make it very clear, it gives some interesting details but leaves much out, for instance what are the timers for?
Speculating I would suggest the 12 secs mentioned could be the time taken from activating the launcher to being ready to launch a missile which then proceeds as outlined in the video. Further I would speculate that the launcher can be active but held in a safe mode until a target appears, meaning in effect that on detection a target can be engaged immediately rather than waiting for 12 secs.

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The key time segment mentioned is the 7.8sec timer that stars after the 1st stage motor ignites. The video fails to state what the timer dies of is for but prior to that is states that the missile starts to be fired less than 0.5sec of the trigger being pulled. Any video you would care to watch of a Starstreak being fired will show how rapid the launch is.

What the overall 12 sec timer is for again is not mentioned and does match the individual segment stated during the video. It therefore must be something beyond the simple launch of the missile, possibly a safety function that engages if the missile is a dud or something goes wrong with the guidance.

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12 second timer start
TRIGGER PRESS
3 Electrical Pulses sent to Dart Nose Section
Thermal Batteries in Darts Activated
Gyros Fired
Front End Cap Ejected
1st STAGE MOTOR IGNITION
Trigger MUST be held > 0.45 sec
4th Pulse sent to 1st Stage Motor
1st Stage Motor Ignition
7.8 Sec timer starts
Rear blow-off panel ejected
INSTANCE OF MOVE (IOM)
Missile begins to spin
Segment Support Switch opens
Bore Riding Pin closes
TAIL FINS DEPLOY
Tails Fins Deploy
Retaining Screws Fail
1st STAGE MOTORS SEPARATION
1st Stage Motor falls away
1m Lanyard Deployed
2nd STAGE MOTOR IGNITION
Lanyard pulls pin etc.
2nd STAGE MOTOR BURNOUT
2nd Stage Motor burns out
Dart Support Separation System operates
Darts released and armed
BUS
Bus falls away and darts coast to target
I watched the video again and just going on what it says rather than any preconceptions I may have, I still think that its clear. Though a mite ambiguous I admit.

In electronically driven systems, timers are used to control sequencing of events. They expire and something is started or stopped.

In this case, the 12 second timer starts with the trigger press and end with the 1st stage ignition. In other words, the timer triggers the motor ignition, everything is assumed to have completed at that point, gyros spinning and stable etc. But if and only if the trigger was held for more than 0.45 seconds. Not explained is what happens if it is pressed for less time. I suspect nothing is initiated but the video leaves the possibility that all is left set for an immediate 1st stage ignition after a 2nd press i.e gyros are left spinning etc.

As the missile leaves the tube, I don't think any additional timers are needed. All events are initiated mechanically. The tail fins deploy by springs as they are released from the confines of the tube, the retaining screws fail at that point, and later the 1st stage falls away as soon as it stops producing any thrust and yanks the cord to start the 2nd stage. Once again as soon as the second stage stops pushing, the darts are released and armed.

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Ron5 wrote:I watched the video again and just going on what it says rather than any preconceptions I may have, I still think that its clear. Though a mite ambiguous I admit.
There’s two timers.
I don’t see anything that indicates when the timers end.
If we infer that the timer has to complete before the next step can be started then it must also be the case that there is a 7.8s delay between the first stage motor ignition and the rear blow-off panel ejecting, or at least before the missile starts moving. IMHO that seems unlikely.
On top of that, this is a missile intended to travel as fast as possible to engage pop-up targets. A 20s delay in the firing sequence would seem to work counter to that.

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The first stage ignites after the trigger is held for 0.45 seconds. What the 12 second or 7.8 second timers are for is not covered at all except to say they are started. You can see form the video above how fast the missile is fired once the trigger is engaged. Being laser guided there is no period of waiting for the missile seeker to track the target, that was on of the reasons for using this form of guidance, to enable to system to engage pop up targets, together with the speed of the missile. It is probably the fastest reacting MANPAD out there.

To get the actual answer we need to see the full video and ideally the operating manual paragraphs covering this. One thing is for sure it doesn't take 12 seconds to launch the missile once you engage the trigger. Javelin was faster than that , and that is a missile I have "fired", the training launcher, which was a pain as once the missile left he launcher it became very front heavy and you had to gather things up and put the crosshairs back on the target very quickly. Even harder with Blowpipe where you had to both get eh target in the crosshairs and use the toggle to guide the missile.

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I haven't fired Starstreak but we were part of the trial team which looked at it as a direct fire weapon against IFV'S. Was amazing to watch. The reaction time was especially impressive. The time to fire was less than the MILAN (I would be wary about actually specifying due to opsec) and we simulated rapid emergence enfilade engagement on fleeting targets. The missile was like a bloody laser in it's ability to acquire, launch, and hit targets of opportunity. The main limitation was firing from a standing position and the time it took to clip another round on. A Good MIlLAN team could push 4-5 rounds out a minute if not moving and the targets were head on approach.

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Lord Jim wrote:Javelin was faster than that , and that is a missile I have "fired", the training launcher, which was a pain as once the missile left he launcher it became very front heavy and you had to gather things up and put the crosshairs back on the target very quickly. Even harder with Blowpipe where you had to both get eh target in the crosshairs and use the toggle to guide the missile.
In the dim and distant past I had a chance to try out a Blowpipe simulator. I think the main problem with all such systems is that you cant keep them on your shoulder for any length of time, you certainly couldn't use the sighting system to search for targets. Instead its a matter of searching for targets with the good old fashioned Mk 1 eyeball hopefully assisted by ADAD, only having detected a target can you get the launcher on your shoulder and endeavour to acquire it, You then need to maintain your aim through launch until impact with the target. Ideally you want to detect the target at a reasonable distance at a reasonable height to give you the time to get prepared. Unfortunately of course targets, except on the range, have a habit of either flying very fast , very low or both appearing suddenly from an unexpected direction and quickly disappearing again, giving little time to engage.
For shoulder launched weapons I believe they really need to be fire and forget, such as stinger.

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Which is probably why our SF use it.

Starstreak and LMM will still be able to do the job but need to be networked with improved sensors and EO devises as well as other Air Defence systems. But as I mentioned why Starstreak is so fast in both time it takes to launch and reach the target is to reduce the time the firer needs to have the target marked by the control unit and to deal with pop up targets that give little or no warning.

This is why I believe the mention of timers in the video is miss leading and out of context of an actual engagement.

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Timmymagic wrote:And that might be a good sign....if MSI are prepared to invest to create a more, permanent, integrated solution than the previous 7 or 5 missile lash-ups it looks like they may have confidence in orders coming...
Worth noting (and apologies its not Martlet/LMM related) is that the USN appears to have selected the MSI DS-30 mount as its Mk.38 Mod.4 gun system. Basically the RN's DS-30M 30mm Bushmaster mount is going to be on most of the newbuilt USN and USCG fleet in the near future....replacing the 25mm Bushmaster equipped Typhoon derivative Mk.38 Mod 0-3) quite a vote of confidence in the system...tempted to do an MSI Defence thread as they have some interesting systems...

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whitelancer wrote:For shoulder launched weapons I believe they really need to be fire and forget, such as stinger.
Hopefully Thales will, at some point, develop the Imaging Infra Red Seeker. That would allow fire and forget operation. The single stage motor would also give much greater range and speed (but would make it unsuitable for launch from a shoulder or triple mount).

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So would the first stage rocket simply eject the missile from its cannister?

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