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ARMY AL&T Javelin Close Combat Missile System (CCMS) Provides Unparalleled Defeat Capabilities Steven Whitmore I nitially designed as an anti-armor missile, the Javelin has proved to be extremely effective for today’s unconventional warfare and is actively defeating not only armored threats, but also other vehicles, fortifications, and urban targets in theater. Employed at the infantry company level in all U.S. Army brigade combat teams (BCTs), Javelin is playing a prominent role in both Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF ). Two U.S. Marines with the 2nd Battalion (Bn), 6th Marines, ﬁre a Javelin missile on Blair Airﬁeld, Al Kut, Iraq. (USMC photo by SGT Mauricio Campino.) JULY–SEPTEMBER 2009 37 ARMY AL&T “Javelin is ideal for infantry Soldiers,” a direct-attack mode for use in urban Instruments (now Raytheon Missile said LTC Erik Simonson, Deputy terrain against buildings or fortiﬁca- Systems) of Dallas, TX, and Lockheed Product Director Javelin Missile tions. The Javelin’s ﬁre-and-forget Martin Electronics and Missiles (now System, Close Combat Weapon guidance enables the gunner to ﬁre and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Systems (CCWS), Program Executive then immediately take cover, greatly Control) of Orlando, FL. The CCWS Ofﬁce Missiles and Space (PEO MS). increasing survivability. Additionally, Project Ofﬁce, part of PEO MS at “They can reach out and touch the Javelin’s soft launch reduces the visual Redstone Arsenal, AL, is responsible enemy faster and farther than the and acoustic signature of the missile, for the Javelin Missile System and enemy can touch them without the making it difﬁcult for the enemy to its life-cycle management. In 1994, need to wait for close air support.” identify and locate the gunner. The lim- low-rate initial production of Javelin ited back blast also enables gunners to was authorized, and in 1996, the ﬁrst The warﬁghters agree. “The Javelin safely ﬁre from enclosures and covered Javelins were deployed with U.S. Army missile was an invaluable weapon in ﬁghting positions. units. Full-rate production began in defeating enemy armored forces and May 1997. reinforced positions to include bun- A man-portable system, Javelin is the kers, buildings, and revetments. There only CCMS that can be operated pri- More than 25,000 missiles and 6,600 is no other weapon that can support marily in a dismounted role. At less CLUs have been sold to the U.S. Army, dismounted infantry in ﬁghting against than 50 pounds, Javelin is designed to USMC, and international customers. these types of engagements,” re
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