Norway is spending another $36M on 120 Javelin missiles
WASHINGTON, (BM) – Norway will buy 120 Javelin FGM-148 missiles from the USA after the State Department approves this foreign sale, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned. The information was confirmed in an official document of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency on March 16 this year.
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In addition to the order, Norway will acquire another 24 kits for modernization of Javelin Block 1 (CLU) command starting units and spare parts. The amount covered and training by foreign military specialists from the United States.
In a statement, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said the purchase would guarantee security and stability in Europe and support a NATO ally. According to the Norwegian government, the new Javelin anti-tank missiles will take part in both the country’s military operations and joint NATO military operations.
According to the United States, these sales will increase Norway’s military capabilities from future threats and complement the Scandinavian country’s ground-to-ground missile arsenal. The United States also says the deal will not change the principal army balance in Europe and the region.
Norway armed itself with Swedish anti-tank missiles as well
As we reported in January this year, the Norwegian armed forces continue to use the Swedish company Saab’s anti-tank systems. Oslo’s order already accompanies the signed agreement, and the delivery expects to take place this year.
Norway has been using Swedish anti-tank systems since the early 1970s. So far, the Norwegian military has used the M2 and M3 versions of the Carl-Gustaf brand. The signed agreement between the Norwegian government and the Swedish military conglomerate will allow Oslo to place orders and ask the Swedes for training for the next seven years.
According to the Swedes’ press release, Carl-Gustaf M4 is the latest series of their anti-tank systems. The M4 has a much more comprehensive range of capabilities and flexibility when using various military scenarios and tactical missions. In the Swedish tradition, the M4 is not only a much more precise and accurate weapon but also has an interface that will allow easy updating or integration of future innovative solutions.
The Carl-Gustaf M4 is fully compatible with Western targeting systems, allowing the Norwegian army not to worry about integrating it into its military. To date, the Swedish company has already signed contracts with fourteen countries to sell Carl-Gustaf M4.
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