U.S. orders more Javelins for self, allies

Nov. 18, 2013 at 1:13 PM
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Javelin Joint Venture is producing and delivering 842 Block I Javelin missiles for the U.S. Army, Marine Corps and three allied nations.

The contract, issued by the U.S. government, is worth $176 million and includes the delivery of 120 command launch units for the missiles. It was announced at an international airshow in the United Arab Emirates.

The Javelin is a portable, single-operator missile for use against armored vehicles, buildings and fortifications. It has a range of as much as 1.5 miles.

Javelin Joint venture is a business of Raytheon and Lockheed Martin.

"The Javelin Joint Venture is providing U.S. and allied warfighters with an affordable, versatile and lethal one-man-portable, anti-tank, guided missile and surveillance weapon," said Jeff Miller, Raytheon Javelin program director and Javelin Joint Venture president. "This contract is important to the Javelin program because the CLU [command launch unit] retrofit business keeps our production line warm through mid-2015."

Countries that will receive the Javelin and its launch units through the U.S. Government are Oman, Jordan and Indonesia.

"This contract allows us to provide to our customers one of the most reliable and user-friendly systems in the world," said Barry James, Lockheed Martin Javelin program director and Javelin Joint Venture vice president. "Javelin has proven and continues to prove itself time and time again in combat."

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