The Javelin Joint Venture between Raytheon [RTN] and Lockheed Martin [LMT] produces the Javelin anti-tank missile weapon system. Raytheon leads the joint venture and is responsible for system engineering and management support and production of the Command Launch Unit (CLU), missile guidance and system software. Lockheed Martin provides missile engineering and production support and assembles the missile all-up rounds.
Javelin is a man-portable, fire-and-forget anti-tank missile system composed of the CLU, which includes a second-generation forward-looking infrared sight, and a disposable missile launcher. The CLU can be used for battlefield surveillance and target acquisition separate from the missile launcher. The missile itself can defeat "all armor types" using two top-attack shaped charges according to Raytheon, or used in a direct-fire mode for use against bunkers and buildings. The overall system weighs less than 50 pounds and the missile has a maximum range of 2,500 meters.
Javelin first entered service in 1996 and was used extensively during Operation Enduring Freedom for surveillance. Javelin has been fielded to the U.S. ArmyÃs 2nd Infantry Division (Medium), 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), 10th Mountain Division, 25th Infantry Division 82nd Airborne Division, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), 172nd Infantry Brigade, Rangers and the U.S. Marine Corps. The first confirmed combat use of Javelin is ongoing in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Javelin is already in use by Australia and has been ordered by Britain, Jordan, Lithuania, New Zealand, and Taiwan
Javelin has been identified by the Army as a "complementary system" to its Future Combat Systems program, ensuring funding through the end of the decade under current plans. The Javelin is also being fielded in large numbers to the ArmyÃs new Stryker Brigade Combat Teams. Under the current multiyear contract, the Javelin Joint Venture has production orders through 2005. The Army is considering possible enhancements, including longer-life batteries and improved range for the FLIR, for future spiral development upgrades.