A production contract for 2,100 F-Model (FGM-148F) missiles, has been awarded to the Javelin Joint Venture between Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, following the completion of a successful and rigorous system qualification test programme that included 21 successful flight tests.
The contract award means that initial full-rate production for the Javelin F-Model missile, which replaces the Javelin FGM-148E (Block I), will now commence. The Javelin F-Model round deliveries are planned for early 2020 and will be available for international allies, with US government permission.
The Javelin FGM-148F missile features an advanced multipurpose warhead (MPWH), which incorporates the latest generation shaped charged technology to defeat present and future advanced armoured threats while adding a fragmenting steel warhead case to significantly improve lethality against soft targets and light armoured vehicles.
Also under development is a higher performance Lightweight Command Launch Unit (CLU) and FGM-148G Model missile that will dramatically improve system performance while reducing weight and lowering system cost.
First deployed in 1996, the Javelin programme has sold more than 45,000 missiles and 12,000 CLUs have been produced.
US allies that have Javelin in inventory include France, Taiwan, Jordan, Qatar, Turkey, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Ukraine, Georgia, Australia, Estonia, UAE and the United Kingdom.