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December 22, 2021updated 23 Dec 2021 12:12pm

US approves $125m sale of Javelin missiles to Lithuania

The capability will allow Lithuania to bolster its self-defence capacity.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of Javelin FGM-148F missiles to Lithuania.

Approved by the US State Department, the sale includes 230 Javelin missiles and associated equipment. It is estimated to cost $125m.

Under the deal, Lithuania has also requested 20 Javelin command launch units (CLUs).

The agency noted that this sale will be combined with an earlier ‘implemented case under threshold’.

The initial FMS case, which was valued at around $28.23m, included one 111 Javelin FGM-148F missiles and ten Javelin CLUs.

Hence, the latest notification is for a total of 341 Javelin FGM-148F missiles and 30 Javelin CLUs.

Battery chargers, enhanced producibility basic skills trainer (EPBST), training, publications, and support equipment are also included in the sale package.

The US will also extend support in the form of engineering and logistics support services.

DSCA said: “This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a NATO ally that is an important force for ensuring peace and stability in Europe.”

Raytheon / Lockheed Martin Javelin JV has been appointed as the principal contractor for this sale.

Javelin is a portable anti-tank weapon equipped with an advanced, multipurpose warhead (MPWH).

The fire-and-forget weapon system can be installed on tracked or amphibious vehicles.

In February 2019, the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence’s (MND) Defence Materiel Agency procured additional missiles for the Javelin anti-tank defence systems.

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