U.S. approves sale of Javelin Missiles, Command Launch Units to Georgia

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Georgia for Javelin Missiles and Command Launch Units for an estimated cost of $75 million.

The statement from Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) added that it had delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on Nov. 17, 2017.

Georgia has requested to purchase 410 Javelin Missiles, and 72 Javelin Command Launch Units (CLUs) (includes two Block 1 CLUs to be used as spares).

Also included are ten Basic Skills Trainers (BST); up to 70 simulated rounds; U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance; transportation; and other related elements of logistics and program support.

The Javelin system will provide Georgia with increased capacity to meet its national defense requirements.

The prime contractors will be Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture of Orlando, Florida, and Tucson, Arizona.  However, these missiles are being provided from U.S. Army stock and the CLUs will be obtained from on-hand Special Defense Acquisition Fund (SDAF)-purchased stock.

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.

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

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


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