The UK Ministry of Defense has selected the Raytheon/Lockheed-Martin Javelin
joint-venture to meet the requirements of British Army's Light Forces Anti-Tank
Guided Weapon system program.
The Light Forces Anti-Tank Guided Weapon System Program is over $459 million
(£300 million) and calls for a lightweight, medium-range anti-armor weapon that
will be in the British Army's inventory up to 2025.
The Javelin anti-tank missile will enter service with the British Army in 2005,
replacing the older Milan anti-tank weapon system.
The Javelin to be supplied to UK is man-portable and can be used day or night.
With a range of up to 2,500 meters, using long-wave infrared imaging technology,
it will allow for deployment by a single soldier within a confined space. The
British Rapid Reaction Forces will be the first units to get this weapon.
The Light Forces Anti-Tank Guided Weapon system program includes 100% UK
industrial participation in the production phase. The exact terms of this
agreement were not released but according to 2002 FMS the number of Command
Launch Units (CLU)
to be procured by UK could be up to 550.
When the Javelin anti-tank missile becomes operational, it will ensure the
defeat of all-known armored vehicles as well as conduct precision engagement of
alternate targets such as bunkers, buildings, low-flying helicopters and
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