Czech Republic Selects Raytheon-Lockheed Martin Javelin to Outfit Army
TUCSON, AZ, 22-JUN-04 --
The Czech Republic signed a Letter of Agreement (LOA) in April with the U.S. government to provide the Javelin weapon system to its army resulting in a contract award to the Raytheon-Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture. The Czech sale represents one of nine international customers that have selected Javelin during the past two years. Proven in recent combat operations, Javelin proved highly effective against engagements of enemy tanks, armored personnel carriers, bunkers and fortifications by U.S. Army, Marines and Australian Army commandos.
“With its sophisticated missile seeker and tracker, the lightweight, one man-transportable Javelin has proven to be the soldier’s best means of engaging a full spectrum of target sets with well over 90 percent first-time gunner success rate,” said Mike Crisp, president, Javelin Joint Venture. “Additionally, Javelin has tremendous growth potential with the missile’s modular construction, Command Launch Unit (CLU) software enhancements and its adaptability to a wide range of platforms.”
“Javelin has proven to be more than just the world’s most lethal medium range anti-armor system. With the CLU’s stand-alone surveillance capability, it is also ideally suited for peace keeping and peace enforcement operations,” said Howard Weaver, Javelin Joint Venture vice president.
Raytheon Company, which leads the Joint Venture, provides system engineering management and support for the Javelin Joint Venture and produces the CLU, missile guidance electronic unit and system software. Work is performed primarily at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Ariz., and at other Raytheon facilities in Texas, Massachusetts, California and the United Kingdom.
Lockheed Martin provides missile engineering and production support for the Javelin Joint Venture in Orlando, Fla., produces the missile seeker in Ocala, Fla., and performs missile all-up-round assembly in Troy, Ala.
The Javelin medium-range missile system is the world's first one man-transportable and employable fire-and-forget anti-armor missile system. The compact, lightweight Javelin is ideally suited for one-soldier operation in all environments (extreme cold, heat and wet conditions, indicative of mountain, desert and jungle climates).
The Czech Republic’s decision to purchase Javelin ensures its military’s interoperability with the U.S. Army, Marine Corps and Special Operations Forces deployed worldwide. In addition to U.S. forces, Australia, Ireland, Jordan, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, Taiwan and the United Kingdom have selected Javelin.
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2003 sales of $18.1 billion, is an industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 78,000 people worldwide.