by Stephen Carlson
Washington (UPI) Jul 24, 2017
Raytheon and Lockheed Martin have been awarded a $10.1 million contract to modernize the Command Launch Unit for their jointly-developed Javelin anti-tank missile.
The modification will apply toward weight reduction, engineering design requirements and analysis for updating the CLU infrared targeting system. The work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz., and is projected to be completed by September 30, 2019.
The FGM-148 Javelin is a man-portable anti-tank missile used by the United States and many allied countries. The missile has a "fire-and-forget" infrared guidance system that requires no course corrections from the operator after launch.
The Javelin can target moving vehicles, fixed fortifications, troops in the open and low-flying helicopters. It can be used for direct fire or in a pop-up mode that allows it to hit tanks from above to take advantage of their thinner top armor.
The missile has a soft-launch capability that limits its back blast, allowing it to be used from fortifications and buildings. It carries a tandem-charge high-explosive anti-tank warhead for defeating hardened targets.
The CLU is a separate reusable infrared targeting systems that is attached to the missile prior to use. It provides thermal target detection and lock-on to the missile before launch, and it can be used independently as a thermal scanning device for dismounted troops.
Jerusalem (AFP) July 24, 2017
Israel struck a position of Islamist group Hamas in Gaza on Monday, the army said, hours after a missile was fired across the border from the Palestinian enclave. "An (Israeli) tank targeted a post belonging to the Hamas terror organisation in the southern Gaza Strip" in the early hours of the morning, the army said in a statement. A Hamas security source told AFP on condition of anonymi ... read more
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