Raytheon/Lockheed Martin joint venture to build Javelin anti-armor missiles for U.S. allies
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.; Missiles experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. and Raytheon Co., are building Javelin anti-armor missiles for the governments of France, Taiwan, Jordan, Qatar, Turkey, and Lithuania under terms of a $94.9 million order announced this week.
Officials of the Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., are asking the Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture based in Tucson, Ariz., to build Javelin weapon systems, including rounds, command launch units, and battery coolant unit spares.
Javelin, made by Raytheon Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp., is an infantry fire-and-forget missile with lock-on before launch and automatic self-guidance designed to destroy main battle tanks, armored personnel carriers, and other armored combat vehicles. The missile also is effective against buildings and enemy helicopters.
Javelin offers lock-on before launch and automatic self-guidance that attacks the vulnerable tops of armored vehicles. The missile has an imaging infrared seeker and two shaped-charge warheads. A two-person infantry team typically carries the missile.
Raytheon produces the command launch unit, missile guidance electronic unit, and system software at Raytheon Missile Systems segment in Tucson, Ariz. Lockheed Martin, meanwhile, produces the missile seeker and the electronic safe, arm, and fire electronic module in Ocala, Fla., and performs missile all-up-round assembly in Troy, Ala.
On this contract the Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture will do the work in Tucson, Ariz., and should be finished by August 2020.
For more information contact Raytheon at www.raytheon.com/capabilities/products/javelin, or Lockheed Martin at www.lockheedmartin.com/us/products/Javelin.html.
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