Raytheon and Lockheed Martin to produce more Javelin anti-tank missiles for US Army

Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin JV, Tucson, Arizona, was awarded a $121,764,089 modification (P00018) to contract W31P4Q-19-C-0076 for the Javelin missile weapon system. The FGM-148 Javelin is an American man-portable fire-and-forget anti-tank missile in service with U.S. armed forces as well as 22 countries all over the world.
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British Soldiers, assigned to the Balaklava Troop, C Squadron, also known as the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, fire a Javelin anti-tank guided missile system during a live-fire exercise in support of NATO's enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Poland in Bemowo Piskie, Poland, Jan. 30, 2020. (Picture source U.S. DoD)

Javelin is an anti-tank guided missile that can be carried and launched by a single soldier. It is manufactured by the Javelin Joint Venture, a partnership between American companies Raytheon Missiles & Defense and Lockheed Martin.

The Javelin consists of three main components including the Command Launch Unit (CLU), the Launch Tube Assembly (LTA), and the missile. The CLU incorporates a passive target acquisition and fire control unit with integrated day sight and thermal imaging capabilities. The LTA consists of the Javelin missile and the ATK (Alliant Techsystems) launch tube. The missile has a maximum firing range of 2,500m. Javelin is a fire-and-forget missile with lock-on before launch and automatic self-guidance.

The Javelin can be also mounted on combat vehicles as to the Stryker armored vehicle in the U.S. Army. The fielding of the Common Remotely Operated Weapons Station-Javelin (CROWS-J) is part of a larger effort to give the basic Stryker infantry carrier more firepower.

To respond to the new needs of military forces, the Javelin missile launcher unit could be also mounted on UGV (Unmanned Ground Vehicle). In September 2019,  Raytheon and Lockheed Martin have demonstrated the firing capability of the Javelin missile system fitted on UGV. The Javelin was fired from a Kongsberg RWS mounted on a Titan UGV that was built by QinetiQ North America and Milrem Robotics from Estonia.