Southport business Lattimer featured in Telegraph

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Dummy RAF bombs keep engineering firm on target

Supplying machines for glass bottling industry provides the regular work

Precision engineer Lattimer’s sideline goes down a bomb – literally.

The business based in Southport, Lancashire, makes 1,000lb MK22 practice bombs used by the RAF for its Tornados and Typhoons.

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The bombs, which are also sold to foreign air forces, have to mimic the exact characteristics of the real thing.

If Lattimer’s bombs varied in weight, centre of gravity and aerodynamics from the live ones, then they could affect the way the jets fly.

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