Javelin missile

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of Javelin missiles and associated equipment to Estonia.

Under the estimated $55m sale, Estonia has requested 350 Javelin guided missiles, along with 120 command launch units with integrated day / thermal sight, 102 battery coolant units, 16 enhanced performance basic skills trainers and 102 missile simulation rounds.

The package also includes spare and repair parts, rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries, battery chargers and dischargers, support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, and technical and logistics support services, as well as other related logistics support.

Approved by the US State Department, the sale is expected to improve Estonia’s capability to address existing and future threats, and also provide greater security for its critical infrastructure.

In particular, the enhanced capability will be used by Estonia to strengthen its homeland defence.

"The sale is expected to improve Estonia’s capability to address existing and future threats."

The prime contractor for the FMS programme is the Raytheon / Lockheed Martin Javelin joint venture.

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Equipped with an automatic self-guidance system, the FGM-148 Javelin is a portable, shoulder-fired anti-tank guided missile, suitable for operations against existing and future threats from armoured combat vehicles, in all environments.

Fired from the shoulder or from a vehicle-mounted lightweight multiple launcher, the missile can also engage helicopters in direct-attack mode in theatre, and is armed with a top attack-dual warhead capability that can defeat all known enemy armour systems.

It has been approved for sale to 13 foreign countries and has been used by the US Army, Marine Corps, and the Australian Special Forces, during the Iraq conflict in 2003 and also in Afghanistan.

The missile is also used by Bahrain, the Czech Republic, France, Israel, Jordan, New Zealand, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Taiwan, as well as the UK and the UAE.

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

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