Javelin AAWS-M

Product Type:

Portable Anti-Tank Weapon System

Using Service (US):


Program Status:

In Production

Prime Contractor:

Raytheon/Lockheed Martin
Javelin Joint Venture

The Javelin Advanced Anti-Tank Weapon System

About Javelin:

The Javelin Advanced Anti-tank Weapon System-Medium (AAWS-M) is a man-portable fire-and-forget weapon system used against enemy tanks, bunkers, buildings, small boats, and slow-moving helicopters. Also, Javelin is adaptable to many platforms, including tripods, trucks, and light armored vehicles. Special features of Javelin are the choice of top attack or direct fire mode, integrated day/night sight, soft launch permitting fire from enclosures, and the imaging infrared seeker. The Javelin weapon system is produced by the Javelin Joint Venture - owned and operated by Raytheon and Lockheed Martin.

Javelin's two major components are a reusable Command Launch Unit (CLU) and the FGM-148 Javelin missile sealed in a disposable launch tube assembly. The CLU's integrated day/night sight provides target engagement capability in adverse weather and countermeasure environments. The CLU can also be used by itself for battlefield surveillance and reconnaissance.

Javelin is fielded with no specific test measurement or diagnostic equipment, allowing combat forces to deploy rapidly and unencumbered. Javelin's fire-and-forget guidance mode enables gunners to fire and then immediately take cover which greatly increases 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 limited back-blast that enables gunners to safely fire from enclosures and covered fighting positions.

The Javelin AAWS-M was deployed in 1996 and has been used in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. The list of non-U.S. countries that have purchased the Javelin system, includes the Czech Republic, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Oman and the United Kingdom.

On November 18, 2013, the Javelin Joint Venture received a $176 million contract for the production and delivery of 842 Block I Javelin missile rounds and 120 CLUs. The missiles will be provided through the U.S. government to the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and three international customers: Oman, Jordan and Indonesia.

On December 2, 2014, the Raytheon / Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture announced it had recently delivered the 40,000th FGM-148 Javelin missile to the U.S. Army.


In FY 2014, the cost of a Javelin FGM-148 missile is approximately $153,000.


To provide a man-portable, highly lethal and survivable, fire-and-forget, anti-tank weapon system to infantry, scouts, and combat engineers.

FY 2014 DoD Program:

Continues full rate production of missiles, Command Launch Units (CLU), and training devices. FY 2014 purchases 449 Javelin systems for the Army and 219 for the Marine Corps at a total cost of $176.0M. FY 14 also provides 5.0 million in Army RDT&E funds.

FY 2015 DoD Program:

Army: FY 2015 begins procurement of FGM-148F Javelin missiles. The F model features a new Multi-Purpose Warhead, which improves lethality against exposed personnel. FY15 also begins development of a lightweight CLU to reduce soldier burden and bulk. FY 14 also provides 4.2 million in Army RDT&E funds. For more information, click to see the FY 2015 Army Javelin Budget.

USMC: FY 2015 Base procurement funds in the amount of $0.3 million will be applied towards engineering and logistics support of the Javelin system. FY 2015 OCO procurement funds in the amount of $17.1 million will purchase 90 Javelin missiles to replace assets consumed in pre-deployment training (Mojave Viper and other combined arms exercises) directly in support of Overseas Contingency Operations, as well as those assets that have been consumed during the past year in Afghanistan. Funds will also be used for engineering services and program management support. For more information, click to see the FY 2015 USMC Javelin Budget.

Source: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Lockheed Martin Corp.,
and Raytheon Company.

Specifications DoD Spending FY2015 Budget

Last Update: December 8, 2014.

By Joakim Kasper Oestergaard Balle /// (jkasper@bga-aeroweb.com)

External Resources:

Lockheed Martin: Javelin AAWS-M

Raytheon: Javelin AAWS-M

YouTube: Javelin Anti-Tank | YouTube Videos

Fact Sheet: Javelin AAWS-M | Fact Sheet

Javelin U.S. Defense Budget Charts:

DoD Spending on the Javelin AAWS-M in FY 2011, FY 2012, FY 2013, FY 2014 and FY 2015
DoD Purchases of Javelin AAWS-M in FY 2011, FY 2012, FY 2013, FY 2014 and FY 2015
Defense Budget Data

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DoD Spending, Procurement and RDT&E: FY 2011/12/13 + Budget for FYs 2014 + 2015

DoD Defense Spending, Procurement, Modifications, Spares, and RDT&E for the Javelin AAWS-M

Download Official U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Budget Data:

Purchases of Javelin AAWS-M (ARMY) Purchases of Javelin AAWS-M (USMC)

Specifications: Javelin AAWS-M

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Primary Function: Man-portable anti-tank weapon system
Prime Contractor: Javelin Joint Venture (Raytheon Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp.)
Engine: Solid fuel rocket
Length: Missile: 3 ft 6 in (1.07 m); Launch Tube: 3 ft 11 in (1.19 m)
Diameter: Missile: 5 in (12.7 cm); Launch tube: 5.6 in (14.2 cm)
Weight (Missile and CLU): 49.5 lbs (22.45 kg)
Range: 8,200 ft (2,500 m)
Guidance System: Passive target acquisition/fire control with integrated day/thermal sight
Warhead: Tandem shaped charge High Explosive Anti-Tank (HEAT) warhead
Magnification: 4x day and 4x or 9x thermal
Crew: 2
Price/Unit Cost: FGM-148 All Up Round: $153,000 (in FY 2014)
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1996

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