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Javelin goes for a drive

By: Published: 14 Jun 2012

Javelin has proved itself as a highly popular shoulderlaunched anti-tank missile, but now it is being evaluated as a vehicle-launched weapon. The latest two-shot firing campaign was undertaken in Norway, following the first set of vehicle firings in the USA last year. Javelin is made by a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, and has been selected by 12 nations, as well as by the US Army and Marine Corps.

The team has developed Javelin Vehicle Launcher electronics that allow it to be easily integrated with existing remote weapon stations, leveraging the existing capabilities within the fire control system. Last year, the weapon was fired from a US Army Stryker. For the latest trials, at Rena in Norway, Javelin was mounted on a Kongsberg Protector remote weapon station on a Piranha V vehicle. Two missiles were fired at 800m and 1,650m from the target.

aThe trials were sponsored by the Norwegian MoD, as it evaluates the possibility of equipping existing vehicles with Javelin. Having demonstrated and validated the capability, the Javelin team awaits further requirements as customers digest the extra capabilities offered