Javelin

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Weight: 11.1kg (Missile) 24.3kg (System)

Length: 1.39m

Warhead: High Explosive Anti-Tank

Effective Range: 200m-4.5km

Javelin is a medium-range anti-tank guided weapon. It is an enhanced version of the American weapon proven on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan by US forces. The UK version has two significant enhancements – a more effective sight system and a tripod (for firing and observation).

Although designed primarily to destroy tanks and light armoured vehicles, RAF Regiment patrols utilise the Javelin’s enhanced surveillance and target acquisition for operation at night or in poor visibility in Afghanistan. The integrated sight allows the firer to acquire the target, lock-on, fire-and-forget. This means that as soon as the missile is launched, the firer can acquire another target or move position.

Javelin has an Overfly Top Attack mode and Direct Attack Mode of operation. Javelin is a crew served weapon operated by a firer and a controller/observer. The controller/observer commands the weapon and assists with loading, identifying targets.

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