Raytheon and Lockheed Martin‘s Javelin Joint Venture (JJV) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Indian company Bharat Dynamics (BDL) for exploring co-production of the Javelin anti-tank missile system in the country.

The production of Javelin is aimed at fulfilling potential requirements of the Indian Ministry of Defence in the future.

Javelin is a versatile one-man-portable and platform-employed anti-tank and multi-target precision weapon system and is currently used in 18 allied countries.

It is expected to be in the US Military’s operational inventory through 2050.

Javelin Joint Venture vice-president David Pantano said: “We look forward to working with BDL, a leading guided weapon system manufacturer, to evaluate the possibility of manufacturing Javelin in India.

“With BDL’s 50 years of experience, combined with Javelin’s reliability and proven performance, we are excited to see how this partnership will support the needs of the Indian Ministry of Defence.”

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BDL chief managing director Siddharth Mishra said that the company will continue to invest in infrastructure, automate its production lines, adopt continual process improvement and exports in the coming years.

Javelin uses fire-and-forget technology that can defeat targets up to 4km in most operational conditions and is capable of guiding itself to the target without external commands, controls or target designation.

The optimised trajectory, automated guidance and high penetration capability of the missile provides improved performance against heavy and light armour in all weather conditions and geographic regions.

Operator proficiency is established and maintained through only 72 hours of simulation on an indoor trainer with Javelin’s user intuitive features.

The JV has produced more than 45,000 rounds for the US and foreign militaries.

In September 2016, JJV signed a letter of intent with India’s Tata Power to co-develop and produce the Javelin missile system.