Javelin misile

Lockheed Martin has successfully test-fired a Javelin missile from its newly developed turret at the Cranfield Ordnance Test and Evaluation Centre (COTEC) near Wiltshire, UK.

Designed and built as a joint project between Lockheed Martin UK (LMUK) in Ampthill, and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Texas, and Florida, US, the turret aims to support a number of potential business opportunities worldwide.

The turret development, based on the company’s expertise in designing infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) turrets and its experience in missile systems, and the test launch of both a 30mm cannon and a fully integrated Javelin missile, was completed in nine months.

LMUK Ampthill vice-president and managing director Alan Lines said the test launch is the culmination of a ‘tremendous amount of cooperation and hard work between the UK and US teams’.

"The test launch is the culmination of a tremendous amount of cooperation and hard work between the UK and US teams."

"The team was able to leverage knowledge gained from other ground vehicles programmes, such as the warrior capability sustainment programme and scout specialist vehicle, as well as the US ground combat vehicle and amphibious combat vehicle," Lines said.

Lockheed’s turret solutions are claimed to exceed the accuracy requirements for both static and on-the-move firing. When combined with enhanced protection, they can also maximise mission success and increase crew effectiveness.

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Manufactured by Raytheon and the Lockheed Martin consortium, Javelin Joint Venture (JJV), the FGM-148 Javelin is a shoulder-fired anti-tank guided missile, suitable for use 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 one-man-portable missile can engage helicopters in direct-attack mode and can also be installed on tracked, wheeled or amphibious vehicles.

Image: Two US Army soldiers fire an FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missile. Photo: courtesy of ZStoler.

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