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Watch: The Navy missile system starring in new Bond film 'No Time To Die'

The latest movie shows Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon firing vertical missiles from her Sea Viper weapons system.

Military enthusiasts will be able to spot more than just human stars in the long-anticipated Bond movie 'No Time To Die'.

As reported by Forces News at the beginning of the month, the Royal Navy's HMS Dragon plays her own starring role in Daniel Craig's fifth and final appearance as the famous spy.

The warship, from the Daring-class of Type 45 destroyers, appears on the big screen with her red dragon emblem on her hull, cutting through the waves.

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HMS Dragon returning to Portsmouth in 2020 (Picture: MOD).

In the US version of the trailer and in the film itself, HMS Dragon is seen firing missiles while manoeuvring in warm climates, something the UK version of the film advert did not depict.

An MOD spokesperson, however, told Forces News that "no weapons were fired during the filming", suggesting that Dragon's firing scenes were created using CGI special effects.

In reality, missiles fired from Dragon's Sea Viper weapon system used on board these warships can blow a moving target out of the sky from more than 70 miles away.

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The Sea Viper being fired (Picture: MOD).

The ship has 48 vertical launch cells which house two types of Aster missiles. 

Control has the ability to guide 16 missiles at the same time, firing at a rate of eight every 10 seconds – they detonate on impact or within close range of a target.

Missile Specs:

The Aster 15 is a short to medium-range missile, which travels at a speed of MACH 3 and can hit targets that are more than 18 miles away.

The Aster 30 is a short to long-range missile with a speed of MACH 4.5, which can reach distances of more than 70 miles.

An upgrade to the destroyers missile system is expected in 2026.

The MOD says the new system will boost the destroyers' missile capacity to 72.

As well as HMS Dragon, the Royal Air Force also granted film-makers access to key assets and personnel.

RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire was used as a backdrop in the film, standing in for a NATO airbase in Noway.

Meanwhile, the Army supplied troops from the Household Cavalry.

Watch: New James Bond trailer for 'No Time To Die' featuring HMS Dragon.