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August 2, 2022

US approves sale of Javelin Lightweight Command Launch Units to UK

The sale, worth $300m, is expected to support the UK in its mission to strengthen its homeland defence capabilities.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of Javelin Lightweight Command Launch Units (LWCLUs) to the UK.

Worth $300m, the potential sale was approved by the US State Department.

The sale was approved following a request placed by the UK Government for a total of 513 LWCLUs, Javelin LWCLU Basic Skills Trainers, Javelin Outdoor Trainers, Javelin Vehicle Launcher Electronics, and Javelin LWCLU Train the Trainer Packages.  

The UK also placed an order to procure Javelin operator manuals, lifecycle support, system integration and checkout, and logistical and programme support.

The sale of the portable, anti-tank, and multi-target guided missile system will enable the UK to strengthen its capabilities in homeland defence and counter regional threats.

In a statement, the DSCA said the proposed equipment sale to a Nato ally supports the US’ national security and foreign policy goals.

Raytheon and Lockheed Martin’s Javelin Joint Venture (JJV) will serve as the principal contractor for the FMS.

JJV recently won two contracts, with a total value of $309m, from the US Army to produce Javelin missiles and associated equipment and services.

The Javelin weapon can be shoulder-fired and mounted on tracked, wheeled, or amphibious vehicles. It is currently being employed by the Ukrainian forces to fight the Russian aggression.

In March 2021, Raytheon successfully demonstrated firing a Stinger missile from a Javelin LWCLU at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

The test saw the missile engage and defeat an uncrewed aerial vehicle.

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