The Raytheon and Lockheed Martin 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,” said Duane Gooden, Javelin Joint Venture president and Raytheon Javelin program director. “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.
“Most vehicle requirements are for a missile that can engage a target at 4,000-plus meters,” said Barry James, Javelin Joint Venture vice president and Javelin program director in Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control business. “The results of these tests indicate the fire-and-forget Javelin missile can potentially be used in both vehicle and dismounted roles.”
Javelin is the world’s most versatile and lethal one-man-portable, anti-tank, guided munition and surveillance weapon system. It is made by the Javelin Joint Venture, a partnership between Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin. Javelin has been adopted by international armed forces around the world. It 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.