40,000 Javelin mis­siles de­liv­ered and count­ing


The Raytheon Company and Lock­heed Martin Javelin joint ven­ture re­cently de­liv­ered the 40,000th Javelin mis­sile to the US Army. Javelin is the world’s premier shoul­der-fired anti-ar­mour sys­tem. After launch, Javelin au­to­mat­i­cally guides it­self to the tar­get, al­low­ing the op­er­a­tor to take cover and avoid coun­ter­fire. The op­er­a­tor can re­po­si­tion im­me­di­ately after launch or reload to en­gage another threat. Fol­low­ing launch, Javelin climbs above its tar­get for im­proved vis­i­bil­ity and then strikes where the ve­hi­cle’s ar­mour is weak­est. Javelin’s launch de­sign al­lows it to be safely fired from inside build­ings or bunkers.

“Javelin pro­vides a real bat­tle­field ad­van­tage for US and al­lied warfight­ers,” said Richard Ben­ton, Javelin Joint Ven­ture Vice Presi- dent and Javelin Pro­gram Man­ager at Lock­heed Martin Mis­siles and Fire Con­trol. “Javelin’s re­li­a­bil­ity, ac­cu­racy and lethal­ity make it a key weapon in op­er­a­tors’ arse­nals. The at­ten­tion to de­tail that our en­tire pro­duc­tion team, in­clud­ing our sub­con­trac­tors, give to the Javelin mis­sile have made this sig­nif­i­cant pro­duc­tion mile­stone pos­si­ble.”

Javelin’s ver­sa­til­ity makes it ef­fec­tive against tanks, bunkers, build­ings, small boats and slow-mov­ing he­li­copters. The sys­tem has a 94 per cent ef­fec­tive­ness rate in com­bat op­er­a­tion, and re­cent tests have demon­strated that it is also adapt­able to many plat­forms, in­clud­ing tripods, trucks and lightly ar­moured ve­hi­cles.

“The Javelin joint ven­ture is pro­vid­ing US and al­lied warfight­ers with an af­ford­able, ver­sa­tile and lethal one-man-por­ta­ble, an­tiar­mour, guided mis­sile and su­pe­rior bat­tle­field surveil­lance sys­tem,” said John Halvey, Javelin Joint Ven­ture Pres­i­dent and Pro­gram Man­ager at Raytheon. “The in­dus­try and gov­ern­ment Javelin team is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing warfight­ers with the most ad­vanced close com­bat weapons on the bat­tle­field.”

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