Lithuanian military buys Javelin anti-tank missiles for $ 31 million
VILNIUS, (BM) – The United States has transferred additional Javelin anti-tank missiles to Lithuania worth over $ 31 million. Interfax reports this with reference to representatives of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
According to the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense, Vilnius plans to purchase anti-tank missiles from the United States for $ 104 million in the next decade. These systems will be additionally equipped with the units of the Land Forces of Lithuania, which will strengthen the country’s defense power.
“The United States is a strategic partner and the main ally ensuring the security of the Baltic region. The American Javelin anti-tank system makes a significant contribution to the long-term strengthening of the Lithuanian Armed Forces’ combat readiness and strengthening of defense power,” said Deputy Defense Minister Aimutis Misiunas.
US Ambassador to Lithuania Robert Gilchrist added that additional missiles of the Jayevlin anti-tank system will enhance Lithuania’s interaction with the US Armed Forces. The ambassador also welcomed Lithuania’s efforts to modernize and improve its army.
Introduced into service in 1996, the Javelin ATGM remains one of the world’s most popular multipurpose missile systems, which can be used in both portable and vehicle-mounted versions.
More than 45 thousand missiles and 12 thousand sighting and launching devices were produced. The developers continue to improve the ATGM to ensure effective defeat of new threats. The complex was used in hostilities in Afghanistan and Iraq. More than 5000 targets were hit with it.
Currently “Javelin” is in service with such US allies as France, Taiwan, Jordan, Qatar, Turkey, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Georgia, Australia, Estonia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and Great Britain.
Last year Lithuania also bought Javelin anti-tank missiles
The Ministry of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania revealed at the beginning of 2019 that additional missiles for the Javelin anti-tank defence systems have been delivered to Lithuania, as we also reported.
The missiles were procured by the Defence Materiel Agency under the Ministry of National Defence at the amount of over USD 20 million, of which USD 5 million is financial support of the USA. The additional systems are intended for strengthening of the defence capabilities of Lithuania and will go to units of the Lithuanian Land Force.
The Lithuanian Minister of National Defence, Raimundas Karoblis, said, “The U.S. is Lithuania’s strategic partner and key ally for security in the Baltic region. The Javelin anti-tank system procured from the U.S. is a particularly significant increase of long-term combat capabilities of the Lithuanian Armed Forces and enhancement of the effectiveness of deterrence.”
The Pentagon began development of new Javelin anti-tank missiles
The production of a new model of anti-tank missile systems Javelin has began as we reported in May this year.
The new model of the complex will be called Javelin F-Model with the assigned article number FGM-148F. The release says that the main work will be aimed at improving the warhead of the rocket, which will have to break through armor with dynamic protection.
The company confirmed that the US Department of Defense placed an order for 45 thousand new anti-tank systems.
Lockheed Martin is one of the main US military-industrial corporations, which specializes in the manufacture of products in the field of shipbuilding, aircraft, aerospace technology, logistics, automation of postal services and airports. The company receives 95% of orders from the US government.
What Javelin anti-tank missile is?
The Javelin is a U.S. medium-range man-portable fire-and-forget anti-tank missile manufactured by Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. This advanced weapon can destroy modern, explosive reactor armour (ERA)-fitted main battle tanks in daylight and at night at a distance of 75 m – 2.5 km.
The “fire-and-forget” principle used by the system allows the user to seek cover immediately after launch, as opposed to wired-guided systems, where the user has to actively guide the weapon throughout the engagement. When the target is locked through the Javelin and a missile is fired, it guides itself all the way to the target through automatic infrared guidance.
The Javelin’s HEAT warhead is capable of defeating modern tanks by attacking them from above where their armour is thinnest, i.e. the hatch, from an altitude of up to 150 metres. The weapon could also be used in urban combat from indoors. As of January 2019, over 5,000 Javelin missiles have been fired in combat.
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