Raytheon, Lockheed complete first Javelin F-Model missile

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Raytheon Missiles & Defense and Lockheed Martin announced today they have completed the first production-ready Javelin F-Model anti-tank missile, the latest variant that will be delivered to the Army.

The new F Model has an upgraded multipurpose warhead to defeat current and future armor, including explosive reactive armor, and a fragmenting steel case to eliminate soft targets and light armored vehicles, according to a press release from the companies.

"Now, the warfighters are prepared for any mission without having to switch out different rounds for different targets," Dave Pantano, Javelin Joint Venture vice president said in a press briefing today. "The missile has already endured extensive design verification and qualification testing, which consisted of over 20 flight tests including man-fire tests against multiple target sets in addition to the numerous warhead-level tests conducted just to validate [the warhead] by itself."

The missile has a range of 65 meters up to 4 kilometers "in most operational conditions," according to the briefing.

"The F-model missile will serve as the new baseline for Javelin production and for all future variants from this point forward," Pantano, who works for Lockheed, said.

The companies expect to deliver the F model to the Army this fall, following final verification testing. They are under contract to deliver 511 missiles as the first lot of production.

 
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