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U.S. Army awards Javelin replacement contract

The U.S. Army has awarded a production contract to the Javelin Joint Venture (JJV) between Raytheon Missiles and Defense and Lockheed Martin for the delivery of more than 1,800 Javelins.

This delivery will serve as replenishment for those rounds from U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) stocks that were sent to Ukraine in support of their military in the war against Russia.

Valued at $311 million, the contract provides procurement of FGM-148 Javelin systems and production support for the U.S. Army and international customers Lithuania and Jordan.

The contract also includes more than 1,800 Javelins that will replenish rounds sent to Ukraine.

Dave Pantano, Javelin Joint Venture vice president and Lockheed Martin Javelin program director said:

“With usage increasing across the globe, the Javelin Joint Venture is working closely with the Army to meet these increased demands and deliver this critical precision weapon system to domestic and international customers.”

“Our team continues to remain committed to delivering reliable and battle-proven products that demonstrate performance excellence.”

Douglas R. Bush, the Army’s assistant secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology said:

“This award demonstrates the Army’s ability to use the new authorities given to us by Congress to acquire critical capabilities for our Soldiers, allies, and partners rapidly and responsibly.”

The U.S. DoD reported that the JJV has produced more than 50,000 Javelin missiles and more than 12,000 reusable Command Launch Units.

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
Neil Ritchie
Neil Ritchie
Neil Ritchie is the founder and editor of DefenceToday.com. Neil is also the editor of other online publications covering Scottish and military history, defence and security. He can be found on Twitter: @NeilRitchie86.

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