Georgia reveals its first US-made Javelin anti-tank missile systems

On April 30, the Georgian armed forces have unveiled the first of their newly delivered Javelin anti-tank missile systems.

Georgia reveals its first US made Javelin anti tank missile systems
(Picture source: Georgian DoD)

In the framework of the 27th anniversary of the Georgian armed forces, an exhibition of weapons and military equipment was held in the military camp of the 4th mechanized brigade located in Vaziani. The ceremony was attended namely by Prime Minister Georgy Kvirikashvili.

It was the first time the Georgian army showcased the FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missile systems purchased from the US. The Government of Georgia has requested to purchase 410 Javelin missiles, 72 Javelin Command Launch Units (including two Javelin Block 1 CLUs to be used as spares). Also included are 10 Basic Skills Trainers (BST); up to 70 simulated rounds; U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance; transportation; and other related elements of logistics and program support. The total estimated cost is $75 million.

The Javelin system was developed and is built by a joint venture formed by Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. The FGM-148 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 been combat proven in Afghanistan and Iraq by U.S. and allied soldiers, Marines and Special Forces.The Javelin has secondary capabilities against helicopters and ground-fighting positions. Its direct-attack capability will engage targets with overhead cover or in bunkers. Its "soft launch" allows employment from within buildings and enclosed fighting positions. The soft launch signature limits the gunner's exposure to the enemy, thus increasing survivability. This missile enjoys a large success in export sales. 


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