JJV and Tata Power collaborate on Javelin missile development

1 September 2016 (Last Updated September 1st, 2016 18:30)

Raytheon and Lockheed Martin's Javelin Joint Venture (JJV) has signed a letter of intent with India's Tata Power to co-develop and produce the Javelin anti-armour missile system.

Raytheon and Lockheed Martin's Javelin Joint Venture (JJV) has signed a letter of intent with India's Tata Power to co-develop and produce the Javelin anti-armour missile system.

Under the terms of the deal, JJV and Tata Power's Strategic Engineering Division (SED) will produce the Javelin missile system, while integrating platform mounts to meet Indian requirements.

The deal would support the ‘Make in India’ initiative, Raytheon said in a statement.

"We look forward to working with Tata Power SED to maximise the versatility and lethality of Javelin on these new platforms."

Raytheon Missile Systems JJV president John Halvey said: “This agreement brings together three world leaders in aerospace and defence technology to extend Javelin to new customers, new applications and new platforms.”

The missile system will be developed for ground combat vehicle, dismounted infantry and rotorcraft applications.

This compact, lightweight missile is designed for one-soldier operations in all environments.

JJV vice-president Rich Benton said: “The combat-proven Javelin continues to fulfil a critical precision-strike role with our domestic and international partners.

“We look forward to working with Tata Power SED to maximise the versatility and lethality of Javelin on these new platforms.”

Javelin is currently in service with international armed forces worldwide, including the US Army and US Marine Corps, and has also been approved for 15 foreign military sales customers.

The agreement will also establish a framework for future technological cooperation between JJV and Tata Power SED.