A contract for the production of Javelin complexes for Ukraine has been signed in the USA

On February 28, 2020, the Pentagon disseminated information that it had provided a contract for the production of Javelin "Javelin" portable anti-tank missile systems (ATGMs) to the joint Raytheon group of companies, Lockheed Martin. This is stated in the notification of new commercial agreements concluded by the Pentagon.

It should be noted that the mentioned contract provides for the production of the indicated ATGMs in the amount of $ 18,4 million. It is specified that under the program for the sale of weapons and military equipment abroad, anti-tank systems will be produced for Australia, Georgia, Indonesia, Jordan, Ireland, Qatar, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Turkey, Ukraine, France, the Czech Republic and Estonia.

ATGM will be produced in the city of Tucson (Arizona). Estimated completion date is June 25, 2020.

The strangeness is as follows. The cost of one complex (launcher), complete with 6 missiles, ranges from $ 600 thousand for the United States and allies, and up to $ 1,4 million for export (in 2017 prices). Thus, if the above contract amount of $ 18,4 million is correct, and all the buyer countries are US allies, it turns out that each of the countries will receive no more than 2 ATGMs and 12 missiles for them.

However, it is normal for Estonia, Lithuania and Georgia. Local Russophobic politicians will be able to PR against the backdrop of a couple of "Javelins." As for Turkey, a pair of Javelins will not help her in Syria - more substantial supplies are needed.

In turn, in January 2019, Kiev already received 37 launchers from Washington and 210 anti-tank guided missiles for them, totaling $ 47 million. After that, in December 2019, the Ukrainian authorities started talking about a new contract without clarification and concretization.
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  1. Observer2014 Offline
    Observer2014 29 February 2020 19: 22
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    Persuaded. We will not drive up to their positions on tanks for three kilometers. We mount an Iskander with a nuclear warhead along the front edge of their powerful defense. laughing Just kidding, joking ... Purely roll out into the trash of self-propelled guns and MLRS ... Again escaped. Well what is it. belay
    We are humane people. Unas is the videoconferencing. yes wink
  2. Hey experts, is it true that Javelin’s shell must be dipped in liquid nitrogen before the shot? no
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      Observer2014 29 February 2020 20: 59
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      Quote: BoBot Robot - Free Thinking Machine
      Hey experts, is it true that Javelin’s shell must be dipped in liquid nitrogen before the shot? no

      Javelin doesn’t have a scheme like MANPADS of the same Needle ... etc. And the speed of the rocket is several times lower than that of MANPADS. I did not go into details. But apparently, the Javelin rocket takes a thermal imprint of the target before firing. Where then his comp in a rocket leads. In general, here, rather, a smart rocket. And the control unit in the form of selection and fixation of the target by thermal imprint. The goal can be both ground equipment and low speed air. A piece is not cheap. Storage until use, etc. etc. very seriously affect the cost of a shot. Although what is the price in battle? The philosophical question.
      1. cmonman Offline
        cmonman (Garik Mokin) 1 March 2020 01: 20
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        But apparently, the Javelin rocket takes a thermal imprint of the target before firing.

        That's right. And it retains this imprint when it does not see the target when climbing or level flight. Finds and compares the thermal imprint during a dive.

        A few facts:

        Javelin is a shot and forget rocket; he is fixed on the target and directs himself in the middle of the flight.
        The shooter identifies the target with the Command Launch Unit (CLU) - a reusable Javelin aiming component - which transmits an infrared image to the on-board missile search system. The finder does not lose the image, despite the trajectory of the rocket, the angle of attack or the movement of the target.
        In direct attack mode, the rocket hits the target in the forehead. This is the ideal mode for attacking buildings and helicopters.
        In maximum attack mode, the rocket rises sharply to cruising altitude, flies horizontally and then drops sharply on the target. This mode is used to attack tanks. Tank armor is usually the most vulnerable on the upper side.
        The Javelin system throws a rocket out of the launcher using a conventional engine. After a short delay - enough time to move away from the operator - the aircraft engine ignites the rocket engine.


      2. So dunk in nitrogen or not? If Yes, take-out racket.
  3. gorenina91 Offline
    gorenina91 (Irina) 1 March 2020 04: 35
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    - Yes, here ... - Most likely, the Turks in their video showed one-time point strikes of the "Javelins" ... - Or this video was rented from the Americans ...
    - But ... in general ... - the effectiveness of the "Javelins" is impressive ...
    - Very expensive, but very effective ... for any armored vehicles; medium and short-range missile launchers and any weakly protected airport-airport, clogged with bombers, fighters and just transport aircraft ... - the end will come ...
    1. Cheburashk Offline
      Cheburashk (Vladimir) 1 March 2020 07: 03
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      To do this, you still have to approach the distance of the shot!