| Mission: Provide a
man-portable, highly lethal and survivable medium anti-tank
weapon system to the infantry, scouts, and combat engineers.
Background: Javelin is the first
shoulder-fired anti-tank missile now fielded to the U.S. Army and U.S.
Marine Corps, replacing Dragon. Javelin's unique top-attack filght
mode, superior self-guiding tracking system and advanced warhead design
allows it to defeat all known tanks out to ranges of 2500m.
Javelin's two major components are a reusable command launch unit (CLU)
and a missile sealed in a disposable launch tube assembly. The CLU's
integrated day/night site provides target engagement capability in
adverse weather and countermeasure environments. The CLU also may be
used by itself for battlefield surveillance and reconnaissance. Javelin
is fielded with no specific test measurement or diagnostic equipment -
allowing our forces to deploy rapidly and unencumbered.
Javelin's fire-and-forget guidance mode enables gunners to fire and
then immediately take cover, greatly increasing survivability. Special
features include a selectable top-attack or direct-fire mode (for
targets under cover or for use in urban terrain against bunkers and
buildings), target lock-on before launch, and a very limited back-blast
that enables gunners to safely fire from enclosures and covered
Javelin can also be installed on tracked, wheeled or amphibious