According to information published by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) on September 15, 2022, the U.S. Army awarded a production contract for $311 million on Sep. 13 to the Javelin Joint Venture (JJV) between Raytheon Missiles and Defense and Lockheed Martin for delivery of more than 1,800 Javelin missiles that will serve as replenishment for those rounds from DoD stocks sent to Ukraine in support of their military and security forces.
“This award is a great example of our continued commitment to strengthening our domestic industrial base while supporting our allies and partners,” Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment William A. LaPlante said. “As we use various authorities to replenish our own stocks, the U.S. industry can expect a strong, persistent demand signal.”
This procurement is part of the Ukraine Supplemental appropriation. The contract includes Army Ukraine replenishment, Army FY22 procurement, and international partner missiles.
“This award demonstrates the U.S. Army’s ability to use the new authorities given to us by Congress to acquire critical capabilities for our Soldiers, allies, and partners rapidly and responsibly,” said Douglas R. Bush, the Army’s assistant secretary for acquisition, logistics, and technology.
To date, the Javelin Joint Venture has produced more than 50,000 Javelin missiles and more than 12,000 reusable Command Launch Units. Javelin is expected to remain in the U.S. weapon arsenal until 2050 and is subject to continual upgrades to support evolving operational needs.
The Javelin is a man-portable, fire-and-forget, anti-tank guided missile used to destroy armored vehicles at a range of up to 2,500 m. the system consists of a missile in a disposable launch tube assembly and a reusable CLU (Command Launch Unit. The CLU mechanically engages the launch tube assembly for shoulder firing, has day and night sights for surveillance and target acquisition, and electronically interfaces with the missile for target lock-on and missile launch. An operationally-ready Javelin system weighs 22.5 kg.
The Javelin missile employs a tandem-shaped charged warhead to defeat vehicle armor and can be fired in direct-fire or lofted trajectory top-attack modes.
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