The Javelin Joint Venture team, a partnership of Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin, successfully fired Javelin missiles from a Remote Weapon Station (RWS) mounted on an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV).
A Titan UGV, built by QinetiQ North America and Milrem Robotics, was used in the demonstration. It features QinetiQ UGV control technology on a Milrem Robotics THeMIS mobility platform. Javelin and .50 caliber machine gun were fired, remotely and wireless, from a Kongsberg-built PROTECTOR Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS).
The demonstrations, conducted at the U.S. Army Redstone Test Center (RTC) in Alabama, validated the integration of the weapon station, missile and vehicle. Video from the missile and RWS, as well as control and firing signals was transferred on a secure circuit over radio.
This was also the first combined Javelin and M230LF 30mm Cannon firing from a single RWS, as the event also featured the Northrup Grumman M230LF (30mm X 113mm) cannon. The KONGSBERG LW30 RWS was mounted on an Oshkosh Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).
“Javelin is ready to support emerging military robotic vehicle requirements,” said Sam Deneke, Raytheon Land Warfare Systems vice president. “Remotely operated technology like this protects soldiers in battle.”
Javelin has been fielded on the Common Remote Operations Weapon Station-Javelin across U.S. Army Stryker 8×8 vehicle brigades in Europe.
“Javelin offers true fire-and-forget engagements to 4 kilometers in most operational conditions,” said David Pantano, Javelin Joint Venture vice president and Lockheed Martin Javelin program director. “Once the launch command is issued, soldiers and vehicle assets like the UGV can reposition out of harm’s way. These tests demonstrated our ability to evolve Javelin capabilities to address new missions in support of the warfighter.”
“The combination of a wireless and remotely controlled weapon system, integrated on an unmanned vehicle, introduces capabilities that will secure our soldiers mission and safety to an even greater extent”, said Pål Bratlie, Executive Vice President Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS.
Javelin is a versatile one-man-portable and platform-employed anti-tank and multi-target precision weapon system. The Javelin Joint Venture team has produced over 45,000 Javelin missiles and 12,000 command launch units. The program continually updates the system to stay ahead of advancing threats, including enhancing its platform-mounted capabilities. U.S. and coalition forces have used Javelin extensively in Afghanistan and Iraq in more than 5,000 engagements.