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Javelin Joint Venture fires Javelin from Stryker remote weapon station

7th December 2010 - 14:39 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The Raytheon-Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture reached a major milestone with the first Javelin missile firings from a Common Remote Operations Weapon Station II. The station was mounted on a Stryker Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) in a near-tactical configuration.

Three missiles impacted their targets at 500 and 1,000 meters (1,640 and 3,280 feet) downrange, confirming the successful integration of the Javelin into the CROWS II. The Javelin vehicle launch box, fire control unit and remote weapon system communicated effectively, resulting in an optimal firing of the missiles.

"The integration of the Javelin Weapon System with the Stryker IFV will give a precision fire capability that is organic and immediately available to the warfighter," said Duane Gooden, program director of Raytheon's Javelin program and president of the Javelin Joint Venture. "This enables soldiers to stay protected inside the Stryker while still employing Javelin against a broad array of targets."

The Stryker IFV armored personal carrier has been used by the US Army in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003.

"We are very pleased with the successful integration of Javelin with CROWS II and the excellent results of the Javelin firings from Stryker," said Barry James, vice president of the Javelin Joint Venture. "This represents a major event in the evolution of the Javelin system."

Source: Raytheon

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