Javelin Joint Venture Demonstrates Vehicle-Mounted Missile Launch

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 09:15 AM
 
Javelin Joint Venture Demonstrates Vehicle-Mounted Missile Launch
The Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture recently fired a Javelin missile from a remote weapon station integrated onto a wheeled vehicle at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.
     
The Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture recently fired a Javelin missile from a remote weapon station integrated onto a wheeled vehicle at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.
FGM-148 Javelin infrared guided missile
     

The test demonstrated Javelin’s vehicle-launch capability to an international customer that has expressed interest in purchasing vehicles integrated with Javelin.

The Javelin missile launched successfully and hit a T-62 tank target from a range of 1,000 meters. Immediately after missile launch, the remote weapon station engaged an alternate target with its ballistic weapon, demonstrating a seamless Javelin integration that supports the warfighter’s requirement to quickly transition between multiple weapon systems.

“This demonstration highlights the ability to mount Javelin on a vehicle,” said Richard Benton, Javelin Joint Venture vice president and Javelin senior manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “The international customer already uses the combat-proven Javelin for dismounted troops, but this test demonstrated the Javelin’s versatility and how easily it can be integrated with the vehicle to enhance mission capability.”

“This effort demonstrates the Javelin Joint Venture’s commitment to expand Javelin’s capability beyond the current man-portable role,” said Michelle Lohmeier, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems’ Land Warfare Systems product line. “We are working closely with end user customers and industry partners to provide the warfighter with an effective system for improving vehicle lethality and enhancing survivability.”

The Javelin is a man-portable anti-tank guided missile and employable fire-and-forget medium-range missile system. Designed to take the fight to the enemy, the compact, lightweight Javelin is ideally suited for one-soldier operation in all environments. The Javelin has secondary capabilities against helicopters and ground-fighting positions. Its direct-attack capability will engage targets with overhead cover or in bunker. Its "soft-launch" allows employment from within building and enclosed fighting positions. The soft launch signature limits the gunner's exposure to the enemy, thus increasing survivability.

 

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