Javelin FGM-148, the claw of the Thai army that the United States has just agreed to sell.
Date 01 Aug 2021 time 12:41
The FGM-148 Javelin is a ‘shoot and forget’ anti-tank missile, or shoot and take off. It is one of the most powerful anti-tank weapons.
The US State Department on Friday cleared the sale of 18 CH-53K heavy helicopters to Israel worth $3.4 billion, while also giving the green light to sell 300 Javelin FGM-148 missiles to Thailand. which is worth $83.5 million.
The arms sales package is Javelins rockets, 50 Javelin command launchers and related training. This war product is the product of Javelin Joint Venture, a joint venture of Raytheon Missiles & Defense and arms giant Lockheed Martin.
Announcement of the US Department of State said that the sale of Javelin FGM-148 to Thailand so that Thailand will be able to replace or PRS 106 mm (106 mm.) or Recoilless Rifle 106 mm, which is The Thai Army’s anti-tank weapon that the US State Department reports said is “obsolete”.
The report also states that the Javelin FGM-148 sold to Thailand will improve its light anti-tank capability. and enhance interoperability with the United States during operations and exercises.
The Javelin FGM-148 is a ‘shoot and forget’ (Fire-and-forget) missile that does not require additional commands after firing such as target illumination or wire guidance. and can hit the target without the gun being in line of sight of the target
Highlights of the Javelin FGM-148 are pre-fire lock and automatic guidance. and fire an attack at the top with an armored vehicle (Attacks the upper armor, which is generally thinner than the others), but can use the direct attack mode to destroy buildings and targets under obstacles.
It weighs 8.4 kg, maximum firing range 4750 m, minimum 2500 m, can fire up to 150 m in top attack mode. Equipped with an infrared visual search engine, the rocket has a two-stage warhead (Tandem-charge), a base type to detonate reactive armour, which reduces damage when a vehicle is attacked, and a main warhead. For piercing the base armor of an armored vehicle.
The Javelin FGM-148 is usually operated by a two-person team consisting of a shooter and ammunition bearer. But it can also be fired by a single person if necessary. while the sniper aims and fires missiles Ammunition holders will scan for targets. Look out for threats such as enemy vehicles and troops. And make sure there are no teammates and obstructions at the stern because there will be an explosion in the stern after firing.
In a report from the US Department of State that green-lighted the sale of the Javelin FGM-148 to the Royal Thai Army, the purchase package includes both a launcher and ammunition (rocket), as well as training use. Two weeks of training on the Javelin FGM-148 system at the Infantry School in Fort Benning, Georgia. Soldiers will be taught basic care and maintenance. usability and capabilities Assembly and disassembly and where it can be shot Soldiers are also taught to distinguish between different types of vehicles. Even in situations where only a rough outline is visible
Soldiers must perform several scheduled drills with established standards before qualifying to operate the system in both training and war situations. There are also smaller training programs set up at most military bases that teach soldiers the proper use of the Javelin FGM-148 in these courses. The training program may change slightly. Both types of training courses are required to achieve a certain level of proficiency. Before soldiers can use the Javelin FGM-148 for training or wartime missions
The Javelin FGM-148 was deployed in the Iraq War, Afghanistan, Syrian Civil War. and in the Libyan conflict
Countries covered by the Javelin FGM-148 include Australia (92 units), Bahrain (13 units), France (76 units), Indonesia (25 units), Norway (100 units), Taiwan (40 units), United Kingdom (850 units, 9,000 warheads).
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