ORLANDO, Fla., 7 Feb. 2013. The Raytheon [NYSE: RTN] and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Javelin Joint Venture recently demonstrated the ability of the Javelin missile to engage targets beyond its current maximum range requirements during a series of tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
During the U.S. Army tests, the Javelin system acquired and engaged targets up to 4,750 meters.
These tests prove that, under favorable conditions, Javelin can have reliable, solid performance as a close-combat weapon system well beyond the current maximum range requirement of 2,500 meters. There were two direct hits on the threat representative target at the extended range. Demonstrating Javelin’s extended range performance will further enhance survivability of the dismounted Javelin gunner in combat.
The Javelin is a one-man-portable, anti-tank, guided munition and surveillance weapon system that can also be used to engage buildings and helicopters. It is made by the Javelin Joint Venture, a partnership between Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin. The weapon is a fire-and-forget missile, which locks onto a target before launch and uses automatic self-guidance.
The Javelin began development in 1983 as the AAWS-M, and was first deployed with US Army units in 1996. Since then, the Javelin has been adopted by international armed forces around the world, and is currently fielded with the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps and has also been approved for foreign military sales to 12 nations.