WASHINGTON — The United States awarded the Raytheon / Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture consortium the production of Javelin AAWS-M under a contract worth a total of $ 237.8 million. The new order was announced on May 6 and published on the website of the US Department of Defense.
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The deal is under an existing contract – W31P4Q-19-C-0076. This contract is from September 2019 and is expected to end in December 2025. The total value of the entire contract is approximately $ 2.2 billion. So far, the United States has placed two orders under this agreement – in May 2020 [121.7 million USD] and in April 2021 [175.9 million USD]. Contract W31P4Q-19-C-0076 Javelin production includes all rounds, battery coolant units, and Javelin vehicle launcher electronics.
The award for the production of more Javelin AAWS-M is not unexpected. Although the contract is until 2025 and this order was probably supposed to happen, the war in Ukraine is gradually depleting the reserves of countries operating Javelin AAWS-M. A total of 22 countries in the world have in their inventory Javelin AAWS-M and many of them made a donation to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Javelin AAWS-M is an American portable anti-tank missile system. It was designed in 1989, and in 1996 it was officially put into operation in the US Army. Javelin AAWS-M has a rich military history – the system’s participation in the war in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq, the Civil War in Syria, the Second Civil War in Libya, and this year in the Ukrainian-Russian war has been documented.
Javelin AAWS-M has seven variants and to date, a total of 45,000 missiles have been produced. The weight of the system is 22.3 kg [49 lb], ready to fire, 6.4 kg [14 lb], detachable CLU and 15.9 kg [35 lb], missile in launch tube. Javelin AAWS-M launches a 127mm caliber missile. The operational effective range of the anti-tank missile is between 2,500 meters and 4,750 meters. Each missile is equipped with a tandem-charge HEAT warhead, which is triggered by a contact fuze detonating mechanism.
The rocket is powered by a solid-fuel motor, can fly at altitudes up to 150 meters, has an integrated infrared homing guidance system, and for precise guidance, the manufacturer offers integrated optical sight & thermal imaging.
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