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JJV fires Javelin missile from Stryker's CROWS II weapon station


A file photo of Javelin missile.

TUCSON (BNS): The Raytheon-Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture (JJV) has successfully fired three Javelin missiles fired from the Common Remote Operations Weapon Station II station, mounted on a Stryker Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) in a near-tactical configuration.

Three missiles impacted their targets at 500 and 1,000 meters (1,640 and 3,280 feet) downrange, confirming the successful integration of the Javelin into the CROWS II.

According to Raytheon, the Javelin vehicle launch box, fire control unit and remote weapon system communicated effectively for the optimal firing of the missiles.

"The integration of the Javelin Weapon System with the Stryker IFV will give a precision fire capability that is organic and immediately available to the war-fighter," Duane Gooden, programme director of Raytheon's Javelin programme and president of the Javelin Joint Venture, said.

"This enables soldiers to stay protected inside the Stryker while still employing Javelin against a broad array of targets,” he added.

The Stryker IFV armored personal carrier has been used by the US Army in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003.

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