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Aerojet Continues Propulsion Unit Provide for Lockheed’s Javelin Missiles

Lockheed Martin has awarded Aerojet Rocketdyne a $23.8-million contract to increase the propulsion unit provide of Javelin missiles for 2 years.

Javelins are shoulder-deployed, fire-and-forget, anti-armor weapon methods that may lock onto targets after launch, enabling warfighters to counterfire and take cowl throughout fight.

The missile platform was initially developed for the US Military and Marine Corps by a three way partnership between Lockheed in Orlando, Florida, and Raytheon in Tucson, Arizona.

For the reason that 2000s, Rocketdyne has been producing built-in launch and flight motors to propel the Javelin. The corporate has additionally facilitated a number of upgrades to extend the missile’s vary.

Ukrainian troops load a truck with US-made Javelins anti-tank missiles at Kyiv’s Boryspil airport, February 11, 2022. Picture: Sergei Supinsky/AFP

The Javelin program produces methods for the US joint forces and over 20 allied international locations by international army gross sales.

“Aerojet Rocketdyne has powered greater than 50,000 Javelin missiles for the reason that program’s inception greater than 20 years in the past,” Aerojet Rocketdyne President and CEO Eileen Drake acknowledged.

“We stay up for persevering with to ship the motors for this confirmed and dependable system that protects our warfighters, allies and strategic companions.”

Current Javelin Tasks within the US

In Might, Lockheed and Raytheon acquired a $7.2-billion contract to supply US protection with Javelins.

The settlement will distribute Javelin methods to the US Military, Marine Corps, Navy, and allies by 2026.

In July 2022, Lockheed upgraded the Javelin missile to its newest model, which incorporates a extra deadly functionality “in opposition to evenly armored targets and personnel.”

The identical yr, the corporate introduced it could ramp up the anti-tank system’s manufacturing to handle inventory necessities of the US army in addition to future donations to Ukraine.