Lockheed Martin, Raytheon Evaluates the Possibility of Manufacturing Javelin in India

 In USA, Defense, India, Infrastructure, Regions

A joint ven­ture of Raytheon Co and Lockheed Martin Corp is eval­u­at­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ty of man­u­fac­tur­ing Javelin anti-tank mis­siles and launch units in India.

The Javelin Joint Venture, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) to explore co-pro­duc­tion of the Javelin anti-tank mis­sile system to ful­fill poten­tial future require­ments of the Indian Ministry of Defence.

“We look for­ward to work­ing with BDL, a lead­ing guided weapon system man­u­fac­tur­er, to eval­u­ate the pos­si­bil­i­ty of man­u­fac­tur­ing Javelin in India,” said David Pantano, Javelin Joint Venture vice pres­i­dent. “With BDL’s 50 years of expe­ri­ence, com­bined with Javelin’s reli­a­bil­i­ty and proven per­for­mance, we are excit­ed to see how this part­ner­ship will sup­port the needs of the Indian Ministry of Defence.”

Commodore Siddharth Mishra (Retd.), CMD, Bharat Dynamics Limited stated that BDL’s thrust in the coming years will be to con­tin­ue to invest in infra­struc­ture, auto­mate its pro­duc­tion lines, adopt con­tin­u­al process improve­ment and exports.

Javelin is a ver­sa­tile one-man-portable and plat­form-employed anti-tank and multi-target pre­ci­sion weapon system. Using state-of the-art “fire-and-forget” tech­nol­o­gy capa­ble of defeat­ing tar­gets up to 4 kilo­me­ters in most oper­a­tional con­di­tions, the weapon guides itself to the target with­out exter­nal com­mands, con­trols or target des­ig­na­tion. Javelin’s opti­mized tra­jec­to­ry, auto­mat­ed guid­ance and high pen­e­tra­tion capa­bil­i­ty pro­vides unpar­al­leled per­for­mance against heavy and light armor, as well as “soft” and irreg­u­lar tar­gets in all weath­er con­di­tions and geo­graph­ic regions. With Javelin’s user intu­itive fea­tures, oper­a­tor pro­fi­cien­cy is estab­lished and main­tained through only 72 hours of sim­u­la­tion on an indoor train­er – lim­it­ing train­ing-relat­ed costs and time.

Javelin is cur­rent­ly in ser­vice in 18 allied coun­tries. The Javelin Joint Venture has pro­duced more than 45,000 rounds for both U.S. and for­eign mil­i­taries. The Javelin weapon system con­tin­ues reg­u­lar spiral devel­op­ment to stay ahead of advanc­ing threats and is expect­ed to be in the U.S. military’s oper­a­tional inven­to­ry through 2050.

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Source: Defence Blog

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