Javelin missile

The Javelin Joint Venture (JJV) and the US Army have conducted successful live-fire Javelin missile engagements against tank targets from different launcher and platform configurations at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, US.

Undertaken as part of a demonstration to the current foreign military sales users, the trials included firing of three Javelin missiles from a command launch unit (CLU), from a vehicle using a remote weapon station (RWS), and from the army’s recently deployed containerised weapon system (CWS), also using a RWS.

While the CLU-launched missile hit a target at 4,000m, the vehicle-launched and CWS-launched missiles struck targets positioned at 1,100m and 700m, respectively.

JJV is a partnership between Raytheon and Lockheed Martin.

Javelin Joint Venture president and Raytheon Missile Systems Javelin programme director John Halvey said: "The Javelin Joint Venture is committed to expanding Javelin applications beyond the current man-portable role.

"We will continue to work with our customers to provide an effective system that improves platform lethality and enhances survivability."

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Javelin Joint Venture vice-president and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Javelin programme director Richard Benton said: "Javelin is the world’s most versatile and lethal anti-tank weapon system.

"The Javelin Joint Venture is committed to expanding Javelin applications beyond the current man-portable role."

"Its capability to engage targets at ranges beyond the current specification is validated, as is the ability to use one weapon from various platforms to address multiple missions."

Equipped with a lock-on before launch and an automatic self-guidance, the FGM-148 Javelin is a man-portable, shoulder-fired anti-tank guided missile, designed to safeguard dismounted infantry against existing and future threats from armoured combat vehicles in all environments.

Capable of engaging helicopters in direct-attack mode in theatre, the missile can be fired from the shoulder or from a vehicle-mounted lightweight multiple launcher.

The missile is currently fielded with the US Army and Marine Corps, and has also been approved for export to 15 foreign customers.

Image: US soldiers fire an FGM-148 Javelin missile. Photo: courtesy of the US Army / ZStoler.