Joint Javelin Venture (JJV) has been awarded a contract for production and delivery of Block I Javelin missile rounds and command launch units (CLUs) to the US and international militaries.
Under the $176m contract, the Raytheon and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control consortium will manufacture and deliver a total of 842 Block I Javelin missiles and 120 CLUs.
The missiles are scheduled to be provided through the US government to the US Army, Marine Corps, as well as Oman, Jordan and Indonesia, while the Special Defense Acquisition Funds (SDAF)-funded CLUs will be supplied to the army starting in October 2014.
Javelin Joint Venture president and Raytheon Javelin programme director, Jeff Miller, said the contract is significant as the CLU retrofit business can keep its production line running through mid-2015.
"The Javelin Joint Venture is providing US and allied warfighters with an affordable, versatile and lethal one-man-portable, anti-tank, guided missile and surveillance weapon," Miller said.
Javelin Joint Venture vice-president and Lockheed Martin Javelin programme director, Barry James, said: "This contract allows us to provide to our customers one of the most reliable and user-friendly systems in the world."
Equipped with an automatic self-guidance, the FGM-148 Javelin is a portable, shoulder-fired anti-tank guided missile, suitable for operation against existing and future threats from armoured combat vehicles in all environments.
Fired from the shoulder or from a vehicle-mounted lightweight multiple launcher (LML), the missile can also engage helicopters in direct-attack mode in theatre.
Approved for foreign military sales (FMS) to 13 foreign countries, the missile has extensively been used by the army and marine corps during the Iraq conflict in 2003 and also in Afghanistan.
Image: two US Army soldiers fire an FGM-148 Javelin missile. Photo: courtesy of PD-USGOV-MILITARY-ARMY.