What is Javelin Anti-Tank Missile?

June 25, 2024

India and the US recently held discussions on the co-production of American javelin missiles in India to meet the requirements of the Indian military.


About Javelin Anti-Tank Missile:

  • It is a man-portable antitank guided missile (ATGM) system.
  • It is developed and produced jointly by American defence majors Raytheon and Lockheed Martin.
  • It was designed to defeat heavily armored vehicles, such as main battle tanks and lighter-skinned military vehicles.
  • The weapon also has capability against other target types, like fortifications, bunkers, and helicopters.
  • It first entered service with the S. military in 1996. 
  • Features:
    • It measures roughly 1.2 m in length, 127 mm in diameter, and weighs 22.1 kg.
    • The missile carries a single 8.4 kg tandem-charge, high-explosive antitank (HEAT) warhead.
    • It has a qualified maximum range of 2,500.
    • It uses “fire-and-forget” technology using automatic infrared guidance to guide itself to the target without external commands or target designation.
    • It is designed to be shoulder-fired but may alternatively be mounted on wheeled or tracked vehicles.
    • It can be used in direct attack mode to destroy a target or, if fired upwards, to shoot down a low-flying aircraft such as a helicopter.
    • Its reload and reacquire time takes around one minute.