U.S. Approves Sale of 150 Additional Javelin Missiles to Ukraine

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale of 150 additional Javelin missiles and 10 additional Javelin Command Launch Units (CLUs) to Ukraine for an estimated cost not to exceed $39.2 million.

The sale will be conducted under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program and the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of the sale on Oct. 3.

Also included in the sales package are training devices, transportation, support equipment, technical data and publications, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. government, engineering, technical, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support tools and test equipment; support equipment; publications and technical documentation; spare and repair parts; equipment training and training devices; U.S. Government and contractor technical, engineering and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical, sustainment, and program support.

The prime contractor for the Javelin Missile System is Raytheon Company, Waltham, MA.

In March 2018, the U.S. State Department has approved the sale of 210 Javelin Missiles and 37 Javelin Command Launch Units to Ukraine for an estimated cost of $47 million. These missiles were provided from U.S. Army stocks with the CLUs obtained from on-hand Special Defense Acquisition Fund (SDAF)-purchased stocks.

FGM-148 Javelin is an American man-portable fire-and-forget anti-tank missile fielded to replace the M47 Dragon anti-tank missile in US service.

The system uses an automatic infrared guidance that allows the user to seek cover immediately after launch, as opposed to wire-guided systems, like the Dragon, where the user has to actively guide the weapon throughout the engagement.

The Javelin’s HEAT warhead is capable of defeating modern tanks by attacking them from above where their armor is thinnest, and is also useful against fortifications in a direct attack flight.

As of January 2019, over 5,000 Javelin missiles have been fired in combat.

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