The Javelin missile recently demonstrated the ability to engage targets beyond its current maximum range requirements. During the U.S. Army tests, the Javelin system acquired and engaged targets up to 4,750 meters. This capability would position the missile to better fit with remote weapon station (such as the Protector) where more powerful target acquisition systems are readily supporting extended range, while the weapon itself was not originally designed to perform at the longer range.
“These tests prove that, under favorable conditions, Javelin can have reliable, solid performance as a close-combat weapon system well beyond the current maximum range requirement of 2,500 meters,” said Duane Gooden, Javelin Joint Venture president and Raytheon Javelin program director. “There were two direct hits on the threat representative target at the extended range.” Demonstrating Javelin’s extended range performance will further enhance survivability of the dismounted Javelin gunner in combat.
Most vehicle requirements are for a missile that can engage a target at 4,000-plus meters,” said Barry James, Javelin Joint Venture vice president and Javelin program director in Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control business. “The results of these tests indicate the fire-and-forget Javelin missile can potentially be used in both vehicle and dismounted roles.”
Raytheon and Lockheed Martin are partners in the Javelin Joint Venture.