WASHINGTON — The US is ready to sell Javelin missiles to Brazil. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency [DSCA] has given its consent to the sale and notified Congress.
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Brazil wants to acquire 33 Javelin Command Launch Units [CLU] along with 222 FGM-148 Javelin missiles. DSCA values the likely deal at around $74 million. The price also includes services that the US government will have to provide – training instructors, simulated missiles, technical assistance, etc.
DSCA claims the sale is in the interest of US-led foreign policy. According to the agency, this sale should also strengthen political stability and economic progress in South America.
The prime contractors will be Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture, Orlando, Florida, and Tucson, Arizona. There are no known offsetting agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.
About Javelin CLU
The Javelin CLU is the device that launches the FGM-148 Javelin missiles. It consists mainly of two parts – a triple optical system and the launch tube. The optical system serves to find, aim and launch the missile. Interestingly, this system can be used on its own as a portable thermal sight.
However, modern Javelin CLUs not only perform the above standard activities but also image transmission, GPS data processing, and autonomous connectivity with infantry vehicles.
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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