Georgia requests sale of Javelin missiles and CLUs from US

23 November 2017 (Last Updated November 23rd, 2017 11:58)

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale (FMS) of Javelin missiles and command launch units to Georgia.

Georgia requests sale of Javelin missiles and CLUs from US
A soldier launches a FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missile. Credit: SGT Mauricio Campino, USMC.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale (FMS) of Javelin missiles and command launch units to Georgia.

The $75m sale covers the delivery of 410 Javelin missiles and 72 Javelin command launch units (CLUs), including two Javelin Block 1 CLUs to be used as spares.

Georgia also requested US Government and contractor technical assistance, transportation and other related elements of logistics and programme support.

The proposed sale also includes ten basic skills trainers (BST) and up to 70 simulated rounds.

The procurement of Javelin system is expected to increase Georgia’s capacity to meet its national defence requirements.

Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture will serve as the prime contractor for the sale.

“The proposed sale includes ten basic skills trainers and up to 70 simulated rounds.”

Javelin is a man-portable, anti-tank, guided munition and surveillance weapon system for the US Army.

The easy-to-use shoulder-fired weapon has been designed to offer improved situational awareness and demonstrated effectiveness against a wide array of targets such as armoured vehicles, bunkers and caves, according to Raytheon.

It can be deployed from multiple platforms such as tripods, trucks, light armoured vehicles, and remotely piloted vehicles in all weather, day or night operations.

Javelin’s long-wave infrared seeker enables it to engage in obscurants and reduced visibility and resists or minimises effects of countermeasures, Lockheed stated.

The multi-purpose combat system features an arched top-attack profile, which allows it to climb above its target for improved visibility and then hit where the armour is weakest, according to the statement.