TUCSON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Raytheon and Lockheed Martin have fired Javelin missiles from a Stryker remote weapon station for the first time in a systems integration demonstration.
Three missiles hit targets 1,640 and 3,280 feet downrange, confirming the successful integration of the Javelin into the Common Remote Operations Weapon Station II.
The Javelin vehicle launch box, fire control unit and remote weapon system communicated effectively, resulting in an optimal firing of the missiles, Javelin Joint Venture said.
"The integration of the Javelin Weapon System with the Stryker IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) will give a precision fire capability that is organic and immediately available to the warfighter," said Duane Gooden, program director of Raytheon's Javelin program and president of the Javelin Joint Venture. "This enables soldiers to stay protected inside the Stryker while still employing Javelin against a broad array of targets."
The Stryker IFV armored personal carrier has been used by the U.S. Army in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003.