The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified US Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of Block I Javelin missiles and associated equipment to the Belgium Government.
Under the estimated $88m FMS programme, Belgium has requested for the supply of a total of 240 Javelin missiles, 60 command launch units (CLU), missile simulation rounds (MSR) and battery coolant units (BCU).
The proposed package also includes support equipment, spare and repair parts, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical data, as well as other related logistical support services.
Purchased as part of Belgium's overall military modernisation programme, the Javelin missiles are intended to replace the Belgian Army's currently used MILAN anti-tank missile system.
The potential sale will also contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the US by improving the security of Belgium, which continues to be an important force for the political stability and economic progress in Northern Europe.
Joint Javelin Venture (JJV), a consortium of Raytheon and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, will serve as prime contractors for the FMS programme.
The FGM-148 Javelin is a portable, shoulder-fired anti-tank guided missile, suited for a one soldier operation against existing and future threats from armoured combat vehicles in all environments.
Equipped with an automatic self guidance, the lightweight missile is capable of engaging helicopters in direct-attack mode in the battlefield.
The Block 1 Javelin missile features an improved rocket motor, which reduces time of flight, an enhanced warhead to defeat broad spectrum of targets, greater probability of hit / kill and improvements to the command launch unit and software.
The missiles were deployed by the US Army, Marine Corps and Australian Special Forces during the Iraq conflict in 2003 and are currently being operationed in Afghanistan.
Image: Two US Army soldiers firing a Javelin anti-tank missile. Photo: courtesy of Zstoler.