Raytheon-Lockheed Martin Javelin joint venture has won $307.5 million modification contract for Javelin Weapon System full-rate production for Australia, Estonia, Lithuania, Turkey Taiwan and Ukraine.
“Raytheon-Lockheed Martin Javelin JV, Tucson, Arizona, was awarded a $307,535,950 modification… to Foreign Military Sales (Australia, Estonia, Lithuania, Turkey Taiwan and Ukraine) contract… for Javelin Weapon System full-rate production,” the US Department of Defense said in a statement.
The FGM-148 Javelin is a man-portable anti-tank missile used by the United States and many allied countries. The missile has a “fire-and-forget” infrared guidance system that requires no course corrections from the operator after launch.
The Javelin can target moving vehicles, fixed fortifications, troops in the open and low-flying helicopters. It can be used for direct fire or in a pop-up mode that allows it to hit tanks from above to take advantage of their thinner top armor.
The munition also has a soft-launch capability that limits its backblast, allowing it to be used from fortifications and buildings. The missile carries a tandem-charge high-explosive anti-tank warhead for defeating hardened targets.
Work on the contract is expected to be complete by August 31, 2021.