Britain cleared to purchase 600 Javelin missiles

The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale of Javelin missiles to the United Kingdom for an estimated cost of £104 million.

The sale includes up to 600 Javelin FGM-148F missiles and technical assistance from the US Government.

The sale aims to improve the United Kingdom’s security and defence capacity to meet current and future threats, supporting the foreign policy goals and national security objectives of the United States.

According to the potential sale notification:

“The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the United Kingdom of Javelin Missiles for an estimated cost of $125.13 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

The Government of the United Kingdom has requested to buy up to six hundred (600) Javelin FGM-148F missiles (includes twelve (12) fly-to-buy missiles). Also included is U.S. Government technical assistance and other related elements of logistics and program support. The total estimated cost is $125.13 million.

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy goals and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of a NATO Ally that is a force for political stability and economic progress in Europe.

The proposed sale will improve the United Kingdom’s capability to meet current and future threats. The United Kingdom will use the enhanced capability to build its long-term defense capacity to meet its national defense requirements. The United Kingdom will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The prime contractors will be Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture, Orlando, FL and Tucson, AZ. There are no known offset agreements in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of U.S. Government or contractor representatives to the United Kingdom. There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.”

What is the Javelin missile?

The Javelin missile is a man-portable fire-and-forget anti-tank missile system developed by the US and produced by a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. It is designed to be used by infantry units.

The missile system can be operated by a single person and is effective against a range of armoured vehicles, bunkers, and fortifications. It is currently used by several countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and several NATO members.

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