The US Army has resumed testing of the Spiral 2 FGM-148F missile component of the Javelin medium close combat system improvement programme.
The trials were suspended in late 2016 due to technical issues with the precursor warhead (PCWH), IHS Jane's 360 reported today.
Developed by the Javelin Joint Venture (JJV), a partnership of Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, the Javelin system comprises a missile in a disposable launch tube assembly and a re-useable Command Launch Unit (CLU).
The army has identified four Javelin improvements - referred to as missile Spiral 1, 2 3, and Lightweight CLU (LWCLU) - to reduce unit cost and weight, and improve lethality against non-armoured targets.
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.
It uses an automatic infrared guidance that allows the user to seek cover immediately after launch, as opposed to wired guided systems, like the Dragon, where the user has to actively guide the weapon throughout the engagement.
The Javelin's HEAT warhead is capable of defeating modern tanks by attacking them from above, and is also very useful against fortifications in a direct attack flight.
The Javelin Joint Venture team signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Indias Tata Power to explore co-development and production of the Javelin anti-armour missile system. As part of the LOI, the Javelin Joint Venture (JJV) and Tata Power SED will create a strategy to co-develop and produce the Javelin missile system and integrate platform mounts to meet Indian requirements
The Javelin Joint Venture team, a partnership of Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, have successfully demonstrated Javelin missiles ability to engage targets beyond its current 2.5 kilometer range requirement during a series of ground vehicle launch tests
Estonia will be receiving its first Javelin anti-tank missile system at the end of this week. “More systems and missiles will arrive in the coming weeks, which can be used for live fire exercises after the training is complete,” Lieutenant Toomas Pärnpuu, who is leading the operation to bring the systems to Estonia was quoted as saying by Estonian Public Broadcasting Thursday
Ukraine has sought a thousand US-made Javelin shoulder-fired missiles for giving up on its nuclear warheads arsenal in the past. "We need to understand that we must be prepared for any situation in the southeast
The Pentagon might reconsider supplying Javelin anti-tank missiles, arms and ammunition to Ukraine in its fight against Russia- backed separatists, US administration officials said Monday. The decision has not been made yet
The Estonian defense forces have received the next batch of Javelin anti-tank missiles from the US. This time, the deliveries were of newer version of Javelin block-1 missiles with higher speed and breaking capacity than the previous block-0 type missiles that arrived in Estonia under the same program, Estonian defense ministry said in a statement Tuesday
The US State Department has approved sale of Javelin Missiles and Command Launch Units to Georgia for an estimated cost of $75 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 17, 2017
Raytheon-Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture has won a $133.9 million FMS (Jordan, Qatar, Taiwan) contract modification by the US Army Contracting Command to procure Javelin containerized all-up rounds, command launch units, Javelin vehicle launcher-electronics and associated non-recurring engineering
The US Army is testing a "third arm" device that will be attached to soldiers protective vests to lessen the weight on their arms. Weighing less than 4 pounds, the body-worn weapon mount currently undergoing testing at the Army Research Laboratory, allows redirecting all of a weapon's weight to the body, making it easier for the Soldier to carry a more lethal firearm, the Army press release stated
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