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. Javelin continues to flex its versatility with the successful test firings off multiple platforms and vehicles, evolving with customer needs. Javelin recently conducted multiple live fire exercises to demonstrate vehicle mounted launch. The demonstrations included integrations on multiple Kongsberg remote weapon stations, multiple vehicles, and successful day, night and extended range engagements using both wired and wireless launch controls.
In collaboration with the U.S. Army and various defense contractors, the Javelin Joint Venture ( a partnership of Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin) conducted a four-shot, multi-platform demonstration at the U.S. Army Redstone Test Center in Alabama on May 25, 2021. Javelin, a close combat, fire-and-forget weapon system, successfully engaged all four targets, demonstrating enhanced platform-based lethality. During the demonstration, three different ground platforms fired Javelin: Oshkosh’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), Qinetiq North America’s Robotic Combat Vehicle-Light (RCV-L) and Flyer Defense’s Ground Mobility Vehicle.
“While Javelin was originally designed for one-man-portable use, this firing demonstrated its versatile platform integration capabilities. The four-shot demonstration also showed attendees that Javelin maintains its precision and performance, regardless of configuration or platform type. During the demonstration, our multi-service attendees appeared interested in Javelin’s low weight, ability to defeat all known armor, as well as its integration capabilities. With its improved lethality and survivability in the close combat domain, we believe Javelin is the ideal solution to defending against emerging near-peer threats.” Javelin Joint Venture Vice President Dave Pantano said.
Each vehicle was equipped with a different configuration of the Kongsberg Common Remotely Operated Station-Javelin (CROWS-J) and Protector RS6 Heavy Remote Weapon Station. Javelin has been fielded on the Common Remote Operations Weapon Station-Javelin across U.S. Army Stryker 8×8 vehicle brigades in Europe. Using both top-attack and direct-attack engagement trajectories, Javelin scored direct hits on tank hulk targets, positioned at 700 meters, 2,000 meters and 3,250 meters away. The demonstration also included one Javelin firing in its man-portable configuration. One engagement showcased the latest in-production Javelin variant, the F-Model.This missile provides improved performance against “soft targets” by virtue of its multi-purpose warhead.