Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is the second installment in the Transformers film franchise. Michael Bay returns as director and the 2009 sequel finds Earth threatened by a longtime enemy of the Autobots. The film would be followed by 2011's Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
The following weapons were used in the film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen:
NEST soldiers and the U.S. Armed Forces carry Beretta 92FS pistols in leg holsters.
M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun System
The M4A1 carbines is seen as the main weapon of both NEST and the U.S. Armed Forces. The ones used by NEST are dressed up with futuristic shell handguards (some including a raised rail that overlaps the bolt release) fitted with EOTech 552 Holographic sights and/or Aimpoint Comp M4 CCO optics, AN/PVS-14 night-vision scopes, Surefire Universal weaponlights, AN/PEQ-2 IR designators, Magpul P-Mags and either Magpul CTR or LMT Crane SOPMOD stocks. Other U.S. military personnel can be seen using regular M4A1's with varying accessories including Aimpoint Comp M2 CCO optics, Trijicon ACOG scopes, C-More red dot sights, Surefire Universal weaponlights, and RIS foregrips; some which also have under barrel weapons such as M203 grenade launchers or M26 MASS shotguns.
A NEST soldier is briefly seen using a tan Magpul Masada with a EOTech red dot sight during the Shanghai engagement.
Heckler & Koch HK416D
A NEST soldier is seen firing an Heckler & Koch HK416D with a 10.3" barrel during the Shanghai scene.
A number of M16A2s were seen in the hands of Jordanian special forces soldiers after their Black Hawk helicopter was shot down by the Decepticons in Egypt. A few can also be seen in the hands of U.S. military personnel when NEST is disbanded.
Several M16A4s can be seen in the hands of U.S. military personnel when NEST is disbanded, fitted with RIS foregrips, ACOG scopes, and Surefire Universal weaponlights.
AKMs were seen in the hands of Egyptian soldiers (incorrectly wearing Iraqi Republican Guard berets and shoulder boards) at the Egyptian/Jordanian border.
A number of Bushmaster M17S rifles were seen in the hands of Chinese police officers & PLA soldiers in Shanghai, fitted with an unknown red dot scope. These were likely used due to their resemblance to the Chinese-made Norinco QBZ-95 rifle.
M1 Garand rifles with the metal parts chromed are seen in the hands of a military honor guard at the NEST base in Diego Garcia when the bodies of the NEST soldiers that died in the Shanghai operation are loaded onto an awaiting USAF C-17 Globemaster transport plane.
When the Decepticons are detected in the eastern United States, a NEST soldier can be seen carrying an Barrett M82A1 sniper rifle while mobilizing.
Mk 48 Mod 0
Several NEST soldiers are seen using Mk 48 Mod 0 machine guns, dressed up with futuristic shells, barrel shroud, M68 Aimpoint red dot scopes, Harris bipods, and M145 MGO scopes.
A few NEST soldiers are briefly seen firing dressed up M249 Paratroopers, fitted with futuristic shells, barrel shrouds, and M68 Aimpoint red dot scopes, during the final battle in Egypt.
Hand Held M134 Minigun
A Hand Held M134 Minigun is seen being used by an unnamed NEST soldier in Shanghai. Movie armorer Steve Karnes had the following to say about the film thread on our discussion forum: "You missed the hand held Dillon M134DT Titanium Minigun with a carbon fiber backpack ammo box with power source. I designed and built the hand hold mount for the Minigun. It's a different set up than the old style used in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The set up for Transformers 2 is the same one we used in G.I. Joe except it was a standard M134 and not the Titanium model."
The Hummer HXs and H3Ts used by NEST are armed with mocked up Browning M1919A4s, made to looke like futuristic tri-barreled rotary guns that somewhat resemble the GAU-19/A by the addition of cosmetic outer barrels and spade grips.
Browning M2HBs are seen mounted on several military vehicles, such as Humvees, M1A2 Abrams tanks, and M113 armored personnel carriers.
Several M240 machine guns can seen mounted on M1A2 Abrams and UH-60 Blackhawks, namely the M240D and M240C.
M242 Bushmaster Chaingun
During the final battle in Egypt, U.S. military reinforcements include U.S. Army M2 Bradley fighting vehicles armed with M242 Bushmaster chainguns as their primary armament.
General Dynamics M197 Vulcan
The M61 Vulcan appears in the film as the secondary armament of USAF F-16 Fighting Falcons and US Navy F/A-18E Super Hornets.
M230 Chain Gun
AH-64 Apaches with their M230 Chain Gun are seen at the film's beginning.
Starscream can be seen firing his arm-mounted rotary weapon that resembles the M61A2 Vulcan several times in the movie.
M203 Grenade Launcher
During the battle in Egypt, two NEST soldiers riding in Ironhide's bed are armed with unmodified M4A1 carbine with attached M203 grenade launchers. U.S. Army soldiers and Marines also have M203s on their M4A1s.
Milkor M32 MGL
The Milkor M32 MGL is seen being held by a NEST soldier while suiting up. Seen in action by NEST troops throughout the film.
Sage Control SL6
During the Shanghai battle, one of the NEST soldiers can be seen using an Sage Control SL6 Grenade Launcher fitted with a C-More red dot sight.
Rocket Launcher (mocked up from M136 AT4)
Several custom rocket launchers built up from the M136 AT4 are seen on the backs of NEST soldiers. The launchers are fitted with AN/PVS-4 night vision scopes and Hollywood embellishments (including what appears to be an M16 lower receiver), riding on a Can-Am Spyder during the Shanghai search for Decepticons. One can also briefly be seen as NEST soldiers are preparing for the final battle with the Decepticons in Egypt. The launchers would make a return appearance in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
In addition to the aforementioned Bushmaster chaingun, the M2 Bradleys that arrive to reinforce the protagonists are also armed with twin BGM-71 TOW launchers on the side of the turret, but are not shown firing them on-screen.
Heckler & Koch P2A1
There really is a NEST in the U.S. It stands for Nuclear Emergency Support Team (formerly Nuclear Emergency Search Team) and it is not a fighting force but has lots of scientists and bomb disposal experts. NEST usually counts on elite units from the various branches to help it with any fights or defensive postures. It is a unit of the US Department of Energy and deals mostly with detecting, controlling and deactivating nuclear devices or threats on U.S. Soil.
NEST Island Base
One of the main reasons why NEST, a US run special operations unit would allow British Special Forces into their ranks not only because they are one of the few foreign nations in which the US have had good special operations history with, but because of the island in which NEST's base is stationed on. The island, which is actually a live US Naval Base called Diego Garcia, was given to the US by the British for lease. Keeping the secret of the Autobots residing on the island from the British would not have lasted long, so in good faith payment I suspect the US government allowed the British to have their own Special Forces teams within NEST; which would make sense because in several of the battle scenes it depicts British Special Forces like the SAS involved. In exchange the British would allow the US military to have full operation control of NEST and the secret of the Autobots existence to be safe.
In many ways the island that NEST is based in is probably the most sound and logical place for a secretive Special Ops/Autobot Task Force. Diego Garcia is in the middle of the Indian Ocean, far away from any modern city which contains curious reporters, journalists, as well as pesky nerdy conspiracy theorists. And because it is an island with water on all four sides, and its waters patrolled by a heavily armed US Naval Task Force it would be literally impossible for any trespassers to sneak onto the island to collect evidence about the existence of the Autobots. That is unless you are a Decepticon as shown in the movie.
the SAS (Special Air Service) soldiers are seen wearing their sand colored berets in combat, which in real life would not happen. The sand beret is reserved only for ceremonial occasions and parades, and is substituted with either a bush hat (known as a "boonie hat" in the US) or a helmet when in the field, same as with US military headwear regulations.
Toward the climax of the movie's final battle, Agent Simmons contacts the US Navy via radio and requests for bombardment firing order of their classified railgun to fire on the Devastator Decepticon climbing on the Great Pyramid of Giza attempting to use the harvester. The railgun is mounted on the USS Kidd. The weapon is mounted in place of its standard MK 45 naval cannon. The establishing shot shows USS Preble instead of Kidd, but Kidd was actually used during production, so it is likely that some of the other scenes are filmed on Kidd.
The railgun gained a somewhat notorious reputation as a pure Deus Ex Machina, being used to conveniently resolve one major conflict with no mention of it beforehand and never being mentioned again afterwards. In reality, railguns are still experimental developments and probably won't be fielded anytime soon.