PARIS — Lockheed Martin and Raytheon's Javelin missile scored 100 percent in five test firings from a UK-owned ground vehicle, Lockheed announced Wednesday at Eurosatory.
The British Army sponsored the tests fired from a Kongsberg M151 Remote Weapon Station mounted on a Spartan armored fighting vehicle in Salisbury Plain Training Area in Wiltshire, England.
Each Javelin flew distances between 1.2 and 4.3 kilometers and hit the ground target each time, Lockheed's vice president of tactical missiles and combat maneuver systems, Frank St. John, said Wednesday at the conference.
St. John added the tests are important because the company has seen the demand to fire Javelin from infantry fighting vehicles rise, giving soldiers flexibility to fire Javelin either from a vehicle or in the dismounted mode.
The UK's live-fire tests "confirm Javelin's greater than 94 percent reliability rate and demonstrate Javelin's capability to engage targets from increased standoff distances on various platforms," according to a Lockheed statement.
Javelin is used by both the US Army and Marine Corps as well as 15 foreign military sales customers.
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