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FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank weapon system

The FGM-148 Javelin is a man-portable and platform-deployed anti-tank precision weapon system. It can defeat all known and projected armour, as well as soft and irregular targets.

Javelin uses “fire-and-forget” technology to guide itself to the target without external commands or target designation. This capability provides superior survivability for operators who can displace immediately after firing, rather than remaining exposed and flying a missile to its target. This enables the operator to immediately engage additional targets.

This technology also allows for ease of use and training. Survivability is enhanced further with the employment of a top-attack target engagement trajectory with a minimum signature launch and missile flyout capability.

Javelin is integrated onto numerous platforms. The standard Javelin missile is mounted to a remote weapon station or turret using a modest integration kit.
The missile’s multipurpose warhead combines multiple effects into a single warhead, equipping warfighters for various missions without switching out rounds for different targets.

It provides penetration capability against advanced armour, including explosive reactive armour. Its fragmenting steel case offers increased lethality against soft targets and light armoured vehicles.

After over 20 years of performance, Javelin is in-service with the U.S. military and 19 allied countries. During that time, more than 45,000 missiles have been produced.

The Javelin system is anticipated to be in the U.S. military’s operational inventory through 2050, and has a robust upgrade program to retain overmatch against emerging threats and to support
evolving operational needs.

FGM-148 Javelin

Type:Anti-tank guided missile (ATGM)
Country of origin:United States
Manufacturer:Raytheon & Lockheed Martin
In service:1996 – present
Users:Australia, Bahrain, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Georgia, Indonesia, Ireland, Jordan, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States
Weight:22.3 kg (loaded)
Missile length:1.1 m
Barrel length:1.2 m
Missile warhead:Tandem-charge high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT)
Missile weight:8.4 kg
Operational range:4,000 m +
Propellant:Solid fuel
Calibre:127 mm 
Sights:Optical sight and thermal imaging
Guidance:Infrared homing
Launch platform:Shoulder-fired; vehicle-mounted
Source: Raytheon

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