Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin JV, Tucson, Arizona, was awarded a $71,412,090 modification (P00066) to contract W31P4Q-19-C-0076 for the Javelin Missile System. Raytheon Lockheed Martin Javelin JV produces the Javelin weapon system which serves as single-user moveable anti-tank weapon system. Raytheon Lockheed Martin Javelin JV gives options together with guided munition and surveillance expertise. Work can be carried out in Tucson, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2025. Fiscal 2022 missile procurement, Military funds; and International Army Gross sales (Thailand, Norway, Albania and Latvia) funds within the quantity of $71,412,090 had been obligated on the time of the award. U.S. Military Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting exercise.

The FGM-148 Javelin, or Superior Anti-Tank Weapon System-Medium (AAWS-M), is an American-made moveable anti-tank missile system in service since 1996, and constantly upgraded. It changed the M47 Dragon anti-tank missile in US service. Its fire-and-forget design makes use of computerized infrared steerage that permits the consumer to hunt cowl instantly after launch, in distinction to wire-guided techniques, just like the system utilized by the Dragon, which require a consumer to information the weapon all through the engagement. The Javelin’s high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead can defeat trendy tanks by high assault, hitting them from above, the place their armor is thinnest, and can be helpful in opposition to fortifications in a direct assault flight. The Javelin had been utilized in round 5,000 profitable engagements.


Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin FGM-148F Missiles

Javelin is a fire-and-forget missile with lock-on earlier than launch and computerized self-guidance. The system takes a high assault flight profile in opposition to armored automobiles, attacking the often thinner high armor, however may make a direct assault, to be used in opposition to buildings, targets too shut for high assault, targets underneath obstructions and helicopters. It could possibly attain a peak altitude of 150 m (490 ft) in high assault mode and 60 m (200 ft) in direct assault mode. Preliminary variations had a spread of two,000 m (6,600 ft), later elevated to 2,500 m (8,200 ft). It’s outfitted with an imaging infrared seeker. The tandem warhead is fitted with two formed prices: a precursor warhead to detonate any explosive reactive armor and a major warhead to penetrate base armor.

The missile is ejected from the launcher to a protected distance from the operator earlier than the principle rocket motors ignite – a “tender launch association”. This makes it tougher to determine the launcher, although backblast from the launch tube nonetheless poses a hazard to close by personnel. The firing staff might transfer as quickly because the “fire-and-forget” missile has been launched, or instantly put together to fireplace on their subsequent goal. The missile system is typically carried by two troopers consisting of a gunner and an ammunition bearer, though one soldier can fireplace it. Whereas the gunner goals and fires the missile, the ammunition bearer scans for potential targets, watches for threats like enemy automobiles or troops and ensures that personnel and obstacles are away from the missile’s launch backblast.