WASHINGTON — The US government, through the US Army, has placed an order for the production of new FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missiles. It is about 1,800 units. The contractors will be Raytheon Missiles and Defense and Lockheed Martin. The order is worth $311 million. One part of the anti-tank missiles is planned to be sent to Ukraine, and another will replenish part of the stocks of the US army.
Feedback from the administration of US President Joe Biden regarding this order has been positive. Some senior politicians see “a great example of strengthening our industrial base”. Others believe that in this way the US is fulfilling its commitments to support its partners.
According to people familiar with political circles in Washington, in addition to the Javelin, the United States is preparing to send a new batch of HIMARS missiles to Ukraine. The shipment will include hundreds of Javelin anti-tank missiles, AeroVironment Switchblade 300 kamikaze drones, Raytheon Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, body armor, helmets, and more.
Javelin in Ukraine
The FGM-148 Javelin has been actively used by the Ukrainian armed forces since the beginning of the Russian invasion. BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that the Russian armed forces entered Ukraine on February 24, calling their actions a “special military operation”.
To date, a total of about 50,000 anti-tank missiles have been produced by the company JVV [Raytheon Missiles and Defense and Lockheed Martin]. An additional 12,000 reusable Javelins were also produced. Pentagon plans include production of the Javelin until at least 2050. During these years, this product will undergo several modernizations, experts say.
There is data, BulgarianMilitary.com has also published information about the successful use of the Javelin against Russian tanks, or other types of heavily armored combat vehicles.
About Javelin CLU
The Javelin CLU is the device that launches the FGM-148 Javelin missiles. It consists mainly of two parts – a triple optical system and the launch tube. The optical system serves to find, aim and launch the missile. Interestingly, this system can be used on its own as a portable thermal sight.
However, modern Javelin CLUs not only perform the above standard activities but also image transmission, GPS data processing, and autonomous connectivity with infantry vehicles.
Javelin AAWS-M is an American portable anti-tank missile system. It was designed in 1989, and in 1996 it was officially put into operation in the US Army. Javelin AAWS-M has a rich military history – the system’s participation in the war in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq, the Civil War in Syria, the Second Civil War in Libya, and this year in the Ukrainian-Russian war has been documented.
Javelin AAWS-M has seven variants and to date, a total of 45,000 missiles have been produced. The weight of the system is 22.3 kg [49 lb], ready to fire, 6.4 kg [14 lb], detachable CLU and 15.9 kg [35 lb], missile in launch tube. Javelin AAWS-M launches a 127mm caliber missile. The operational effective range of the anti-tank missile is between 2,500 meters and 4,750 meters. Each missile is equipped with a tandem-charge HEAT warhead, which is triggered by a contact fuze detonating mechanism.
The rocket is powered by a solid-fuel motor, can fly at altitudes up to 150 meters, has an integrated infrared homing guidance system, and for precise guidance, the manufacturer offers integrated optical sight & thermal imaging.
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