Lithuanian Land Forces soldiers complete Javelin qualification training
Lithuanian Land Forces soldiers complete Javelin qualification training

US State Department Approves Foreign Military Sale of Javelin Missiles to Lithuanian Government

The U.S. State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Lithuania of Javelin Missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $125 million. The proposed sale will help Lithuania build its long-term defense capacity to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity to meet its national defense requirements. It is vital to the U.S. national interest to assist Lithuania in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense capability. By helping to improve the security of a NATO ally that is an important force for ensuring peace and stability in Europe. Lithuania will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces. The principal contractor will be Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Corporation Joint Venture, Orlando, FL, and Tucson,

The Government of Lithuania has requested to buy an additional two hundred thirty (230) Javelin FGM-148F missiles and twenty (20) Javelin Command Launch Units (CLUs), that will be added to a previously implemented case that was under threshold. The original FMS case, valued at $28.23 million, included one hundred eleven (111) Javelin FGM-148F missiles and ten (10) Javelin CLUs. Therefore, this notification is for a total of three hundred forty-one (341) Javelin FGM-148F missiles and thirty (30) Javelin CLUs. Also included are battery chargers; Enhanced Producibility Basic Skills Trainer (EPBST); training; publications; support equipment; United States Government technical assistance; and other related elements of logistics and program support. The total estimated cost is $125 million.

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Lithuanian Armed Forces Receives New Batch of Javelin Anti-Tank Missile Systems
Lithuanian Armed Forces receives new batch of Javelin anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) systems

Javelin missile supplement worth a little over $ 31 million has been handed over to Lithuania as part of the assistance of the United States of America in August 2020. Lithuania is planning to acquire missiles for $ 104 million over the next decade, the sum includes a $ 13 million procurement contract signed back in late 2019. The systems will be assigned to different units of the Lithuanian Land Force as part of the steps to strengthen the defense capabilities of Lithuania. The Lithuanian Defense Ministry requested the sale of 220 Javelin missiles and related gear from the US joint venture of Raytheon and Lockheed Martin to boost the country’s capacity to combat enemy tanks and armored vehicles. The acquisition program is part of Lithuania’s increased efforts to enhance its strike capability because of Russia’s military intervention in neighboring Ukraine.

The Javelin anti-tank missile system will be deployed by the country’s Land Forces as a supplement to the existing Javelin system. In 2002, Lithuania was the first country to purchase Javelin systems from the U.S. Javelin is a portable anti-tank missile system capable of destroying targets at a range of up to 2.5 kilometers. Since 2014, Lithuania, a small Baltic state with a population of less than 3 million and the eastern-flank North Atlantic Treaty Organization member country, has been stepping up its defense capabilities. The Javelin medium-range anti-tank missile system is an advanced weapon capable of destroying modern, explosive reactor armor (ERA)-fitted main battle tanks. The contract also covers technical support, transport, and logistics, plus general assistance for the program.

A Lithuanian Land Force Soldier teaches a Soldier with the German Army how to properly use a Javelin anti-tank guided missile during Exercise Hunter May 9, 2016, at General Silvestras Zukauskas Training Area in Pabrade, Lithuania. During the exercise, Soldiers from participating allied countries came together to learn the capabilities of each other’s anti-tank weapons systems.
A Lithuanian Land Force Soldier teaches a Soldier with the German Army how to properly use a Javelin anti-tank guided missile during Exercise Hunter May 9, 2016, at General Silvestras Zukauskas Training Area in Pabrade, Lithuania. During the exercise, Soldiers from participating allied countries came together to learn the capabilities of each other’s anti-tank weapons systems. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin)

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