LOCK­HEED TEST-FIRES JAVELIN MIS­SILE FROM NEW WEAPONS TUR­RET

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Lock­heed Martin has suc­cess­fully test-fired a Javelin mis­sile from its newly de­vel­oped tur­ret at the Cran­field Ord­nance Test and Eval­u­a­tion Cen­tre (COTEC) near Wilt­shire, UK. De­signed and built as a joint project be­tween Lock­heed Martin UK (LMUK) in Ampthill, and Lock­heed Martin Mis­siles and Fire Con­trol in Texas, and Florida, the tur­ret aims to sup­port a num­ber of po­ten­tial busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties world­wide. The tur­ret de­vel-

op­ment, based on the com­pany’s ex­per­tise in de­sign­ing in­fantry fight­ing ve­hi­cle (IFV) tur­rets and its ex­pe­ri­ence in mis­sile sys­tems, and the test launch of both a 30mm can­non and a fully in­te­grated Javelin mis­sile, was com­pleted in nine months. LMUK Ampthill Vice Pres­i­dent and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Alan Lines said the test launch is the cul­mi­na­tion of a ‘tremen­dous amount of co­op­er­a­tion and hard work be­tween the UK and US teams’. “The team was able to lever­age knowl­edge gained from other ground ve­hi­cles pro­grammes, such as the war­rior ca­pa­bil­ity sus­tain­ment pro­gramme and scout specialist ve­hi­cle, as well as the US ground com­bat ve­hi­cle and am­phibi­ous com­bat ve­hi­cle,” Lines said. Lock­heed’s tur­ret so­lu­tions are claimed to ex­ceed the ac­cu­racy re­quire­ments for both static and on-the­move fir­ing. When com­bined with en­hanced pro­tec­tion, they can also max­imise mis­sion suc­cess and in­crease crew ef­fec­tive­ness.

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