Lithuania Javelin Anti-tank Guided Missiles
Lithuania Javelin Anti-tank Guided Missiles

Lithuania and Taiwan Procure Additional Javelin Anti-tank Guided Missiles

Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin JV, Tucson, Arizona, was awarded a $175,936,936 modification to contract for the Javelin Weapon System. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2023. Fiscal 2010 Foreign Military Sales (Lithuania and Taiwan) funds; and 2021 missile procurement, Army funds in the amount of $175,936,936 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

The FGM-148 Javelin is an American man-portable fire-and-forget anti-tank missile fielded to replace the M47 Dragon anti-tank missile in US service. It uses automatic infrared guidance that allows the user to seek cover immediately after launch, as opposed to wire-guided systems, like the Dragon, which require the user to guide the weapon throughout the engagement. The Javelin’s HEAT warhead is capable of defeating modern tanks by hitting them from above where their armor is thinnest, and is also useful against fortifications in a direct attack flight.

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Javelin is currently in service in 18 allied countries. The Javelin Joint Venture has produced more than 45,000 rounds for both US and foreign militaries. The first European country to receive this launcher and missile system (2001). In December 2015 DSCA approved for a possible Foreign Military Sale to Lithuania for another 220 missiles and 74 CLUs for $55 million. In 2002, Taiwan bought 360 Javelin missiles and 40 launcher units for $39 million. In 2008, the United States issued a congressional notification for the sale of a further 20 launchers and 182 more missiles.

FGM-148 Javelin is made by the Javelin Joint Venture, a partnership between Texas Instruments and Martin Marietta (now Raytheon and Lockheed Martin). Raytheon Lockheed Martin Javelin JV develops and manufactures defense technology. The Company produces the Javelin weapon system which serves as single-user portable anti-tank weapon system. Raytheon Lockheed Martin Javelin JV offers features including guided munition and surveillance technology. The system consists of three main components – the Command Launch Unit, the Launch Tube Assembly and the missile itself.

Lithuania Javelin Anti-tank Guided Missiles
Soldiers during the Lithuanian Armed Forces’ anti-tank exercise, Hunter, in April 2018. (Photo by Andrius Šešelgis/Ministry of National Defence of Lithuania)
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