Norwegian Army to Buy 120 Javelin FGM-148 Anti-tank Guided Missiles

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on March 16 that the U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Norway of Javelin FGM-148 Missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $36 million. The Government of Norway has requested to buy 120 Javelin FGM-148 Missiles, and 2 Javelin FGM-148 Missiles Fly to Buy. Also included are 24 Javelin Block 1 Command Launch Units (CLUs) retrofit kits; spare parts; publications and technical documentation; personnel training; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated total cost is $36 million. The prime contractors will be Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture of Orlando, Florida, and Tucson, Arizona.

FGM-148 Javelin, developed jointly by Raytheon and Lockheed Martin companies, is an anti-tank missile that can be used by single personnel. The system, which was developed to replace M47 Dragons and has 5,000 combat launch experience as of January 2019, emphasizes personnel safety thanks to its fire-and-forget capability. 45,000 missiles and 12,000 sight-launcher equipment have been manufactured until this day, which can hunt down moving targets behind the cover, either directly or through the attack from the top. According to the 2021 budget, the unit cost of the missile is approximately 175,000 US Dollars and the weight of the missile is about 16 kilograms. Having a 8.4 kilogram tandem high explosive anti-tank warhead, the Javelin can reach an effective range of 2,500 meters to 4,750 meters depending on the launch platform.

Norwegian Army to Buy 120 Javelin FGM-148 Anti-tank Guided Missiles
Norwegian soldiers of the Telemark Battalion fire an FGM-148 Javelin during a combined arms live fire training exercise at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, June 17, 2020. The Javelin is a portable, compact, lightweight, anti-tank missile system. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Derek Mustard)

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