Lockheed Martin and Raytheon have announced that Australia agrees to
purchase the Javelin anti-tank weapon system for its Project Land 40-1 under the
US Army supervision.
Australia will employ the Javelin anti-tank weapon system to provide direct fire
support capability against armored and reinforced targets for Infantry, cavalry
and commando units of the Australian Army. Javelins were employed successfully
by Australian forces during operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
The total estimated cost of this sale is $60 million. According to July 2002
FMS, Australia was going to purchase 92 Command Launch Units (CLUs) and 666
Javelin all up round missiles with an estimated cost of approximately $106
million. The new contract suggests that the Australian requirement for CLUs and
Javelin missiles has been slashed.
Australia will become the seventh international customer of the proven Javelin
antitank weapon system. No further information about delivery dates and weapons
quantities has been released yet.
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