The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale of Javelin missiles to Australia under the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) program for an estimated cost of $46 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on Oct. 30.
The Government of Australia has requested to buy 200 Javelin FGM-148E missiles with U.S. Government technical assistance and other related elements of logistics and program support.
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is seeking to fill a short-term shortfall in its Javelin missile inventory in order to maintain the appropriate level of readiness. These missiles will be provided from U.S. Army stocks.
The FGM-148 Javelin is an American man-portable fire-and-forget anti-tank missile that uses automatic infrared guidance that allows the user to seek cover immediately after launch. 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.