An extra 1,300 of the light-weight, shoulder-mounted guided missiles being sent to the frontline to top-up stocks of the combat-proven weapon in Afghanistan, where it is being used extensively by frontline forces.
Troops in Afghanistan are using Javelin to blow-up fortified enemy positions and mortar compounds. The system also provides an excellent 24-hour surveillance, target and acquisition (STA) capability to the troops. The missile identifies targets using thermal-imaging technology to deliver an explosive and precise punch.
It is operated by a crew of two and has a range of up to 4km. The missile can be fired from enclosed spaces, providing enhanced flexibility and protection for its crew.
Javelins power was demonstrated by troops on Salisbury Plain this week who were training with the weapon. Sgt Ross Jones RM, from 42 Commando, who was on the exercise, said the weapon was awesome and added:
For the people that we support, they know that we have got their back and we are their angel on their shoulders watching their every move and this gives them peace of mind when they move on the ground below us.
If we are going to invest in these missiles its definitely a good idea the amount that are being used and fired in theatre is phenomenal. They do save lives and anything that can do that is a good idea.
Speaking from Afghanistan, Capt Warren Marginson, Second-In-Command of B Company, 3 RIFLES, said:
Javelin is an invaluable asset to troops on the ground. Its accuracy and firepower mean we are now able to handle many more situations on the ground ourselves and reduce the need to call in close air support.
The weapon is versatile and has the ability to deliver the warhead accurately on target. We now have the ability to strike in day or night and in all weather conditions but more importantly Javelin gives us the ability to identify insurgent activity in all conditions.
Announcing the contract award to the company Javelin Joint Venture, Minister for Defence Equipment and Support, Quentin Davies, said:
The Javelin weapon system gives our troops the battle-winning edge in Afghanistan and the fire-and-forget missile is proving its worth on the frontline.
Topping up the supplies of this very effective weapon will give our armed forces the firepower they need to ensure they have the upper hand against the Taliban.
Notes to Editors:
1.For further information contact either Lisa Murphy in the DEwww.defencenewsimagery.mod.uk.
3.The Javelin Weapons System first entered service in July 2005. The Command Launch Unit and Missile has a combined weight of 25.6kg. The missile alone weighs 15.5kg.
4.Javelin Joint Venture (JJV) is a joint venture company owned by Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. UK-based Selex produces seeker components and assemblies, with QinetiQ providing testing facilities.