1 upgraded Javelin missile recently passed qualification flight
tests at Redstone Arsenal, in Huntsville, Alabama. The U.S.
Army continues to field the Javelin missile and has already
contracted for Block 1 missiles as part of its fiscal year 2005
contract. The upgraded missile uses an improved rocket motor
that reduces the missile's time of flight. Other improvements
are made in the command launch unit (CLU), introducing software
enhancements. The warhead has also been modified to increase
lethality against a wider range of target sets. The combat proven
Javelin have scored over 95 percent mission success in more
than 1,000 rounds fired in ongoing operations worldwide. Production
is well underway at suppliers and began in Troy, Ala., in the
fourth quarter of calendar year 2006.
Javelin is in service with the U.S. Army and Marine Corps
and has been deployed by the U.S. and Australia in Operations
Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Coalition forces also are
employing the CLU effectively in surveillance. Javelin has been
selected by the armed forces of 10 nations: the United States,
United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Norway, Lithuania,
the Czech Republic, Taiwan, Jordan, and the Sultanate of Oman.
Raytheon Company provides system engineering management and
support for the Javelin Joint Venture and produces the command
launch unit, missile guidance electronic unit and system software.
Lockheed Martin provides missile engineering and production
support for the Javelin Joint Venture in Orlando, Fla., produces
the missile seeker and the electronic safe, arm and fire electronic
module in Ocala, Fla., and performs missile all-up-round assembly
in Troy, Ala.