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Georgia requests Javelin missiles

23rd November 2017 - 10:11 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US State Department has made a determination approving a potential foreign military sale of Javelin missiles and Command Launch Units (CLUs) to Georgia, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on 20 November.

In the package worth up to $75 million, Georgia has requested 410 Javelin missiles and 72 Javelin CLUs. The request also includes ten Basic Skills Trainers, up to 70 simulated rounds, logistics and other programme support. 

The Javelin is a shoulder-fired anti-armour weapon system that automatically guides itself to the target after launch. It uses an arched top-attack profile to climb above its target for improved visibility and then strikes where the armour is weakest. The system's soft launch design enables Javelin to be safely fired from inside buildings or bunkers.

If the sale goes ahead, the prime contractor will be the Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture.

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