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Javelin missile demonstrates extended range and versatility during tests


Javelin missile. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA (BNS): The U S Army and the Javelin Joint Venture, comprising Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin have recently conducted successful live-fire Javelin missile engagements against tank targets from different launcher and platform configurations as part of a demonstration to current foreign military sales users.

Each of the three Javelin missiles used during the tests at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, was fired from a different launcher or platform - from a Command Launch Unit (CLU); from a vehicle using a Remote Weapon Station (RWS); and from the U S Army's recently deployed Containerized Weapon System (CWS), also using a RWS, Lockheed Martin said.

The CLU-launched missile hit a target at 4,000 metres, while the vehicle-launched and CWS-launched missiles hit targets positioned at 1,100 metres and 700 metres, respectively.

Javelin is a compact, lightweight missile designed for one-soldier operations in all environments. It is made by the Javelin Joint Venture, a partnership between Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin.

Javelin has been adopted by international armed forces around the world. It is currently fielded with the U S Army and U S Marine Corps, and has also been approved for 15 FMS customers.

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