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The Javelin is a anti-tank weapon developed by Lockheed-Martin and Raytheon to replace the M47 Dragon by the United States Army and Marine Corps. In 1994, the Javelin came into production. It became operational with the US Army in 1996. The Javelin system consists of a launch facility (CLU) and a missile. The missile was developed according the fire-and-forget principle thanks to the self-guiding system. The missile hits the target at the top and is able to destroy all current battle tanks. It has a maximum effective range of 2500 meters.
The CLU is equipped with a day and night all-weather-system for usage in enemy jammed environments. The CLU can also be used as a stand-alone system for reconnaissance and surveillance of the battle field.
Javelin is also in use by the United-Kingdom, Taiwan, Latvia, Jordan, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Canada, Ireland and the Chez Republic.
On February 2010, the French DGA ordered 260 Javelin missiles and 76 launchers for the French Army.
|Last updated: August 14, 2010|