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Norway requests more Javelins
Norway is in line to buy more FGM-148 Javelin ATGMs and related equipment for $36 million after the US State Department approved the deal.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress on 16 March about the potential FMS.
Norway intends to buy 120 Javelins plus two ‘Fly to Buy’ (FTB) FGM-148s, as well as 24 Javelin Block 1 Command Launch Unit retrofit kits.
FTB refers to missiles that are production samples that are live-fired in tests to determine quality.
As prime contractor, the Javelin Joint Venture team (comprising Raytheon Missiles & Defense and Lockheed Martin) will also provide training, spare parts, technical services and logistics support.
Norway had previously ordered a total of 526 Javelin missiles, according to Shephard Defence Insight (the image above shows Norwegian Army soldiers firing an FGM-148 during a combined arms live-fire training exercise in June 2020 in Iraq).
The proposed sale will improve the capability of Norway to meet current and future tank threats, while also enhancing its surface-to-surface missile capability, the DSCA noted.
It added: ‘This proposed sale will allow Norway to employ its armed forces more effectively in the ground domain and continue its defensive support of NATO’s northern flank.’
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