Javelin missile

Raytheon and Lockheed’s Javelin joint venture (JJV) has successfully tested a Javelin surface-to-air missile, demonstrating its vehicle-launch capability to an undisclosed international customer.

During testing at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, US, the missile was launched from a remote weapon station that was integrated onto a wheeled vehicle.

Following its launch, the missile successfully hit a T-62 tank target from a range of 1,000m, while the remote weapon station engaged an alternate target with its ballistic weapon.

The test firing also showcased the missile’s ability to seamlessly integrate and support the requirement to quickly transition between multiple weapon systems.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Javelin joint venture vice-president and Javelin senior manager Richard Benton said: "This demonstration highlights the ability to mount Javelin on a vehicle.

"The international customer already uses the combat-proven Javelin for dismounted troops, but this test demonstrated the Javelin’s versatility and how easily it can be integrated with the vehicle to enhance mission capability."

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"This demonstration highlights the ability to mount Javelin on a vehicle."

Raytheon Missile Systems Land Warfare Systems product line vice-president Michelle Lohmeier said: "This effort demonstrates the Javelin joint venture’s commitment to expand Javelin’s capability beyond the current man-portable role.

"We are working closely with end-user customers and industry partners to provide the warfighter with an effective system for improving vehicle lethality and enhancing survivability."

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 (LML).

Approved for foreign military sales to 12 countries, it has been extensively used by the US Army and Marine Corps during the Iraq conflict and in Afghanistan.

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

Defence Technology