TUCSON, Ariz., Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The Raytheon (NYSE: RTN)-Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Javelin Joint Venture reached a major milestone with the first Javelin missile firings from a Common Remote Operations Weapon Station II. The station was mounted on a Stryker Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) in a near-tactical configuration.
Three missiles impacted their targets at 500 and 1,000 meters (1,640 and 3,280 feet) downrange, confirming the successful integration of the Javelin into the CROWS II. The Javelin vehicle launch box, fire control unit and remote weapon system communicated effectively, resulting in an optimal firing of the missiles.
"The integration of the Javelin Weapon System with the Stryker IFV will give a precision fire capability that is organic and immediately available to the warfighter," said Duane Gooden, program director of Raytheon's Javelin program and president of the Javelin Joint Venture. "This enables soldiers to stay protected inside the Stryker while still employing Javelin against a broad array of targets."
The Stryker IFV armored personal carrier has been used by the U.S. Army in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003.
"We are very pleased with the successful integration of Javelin with CROWS II and the excellent results of the Javelin firings from Stryker," said Barry James, vice president of the Javelin Joint Venture. "This represents a major event in the evolution of the Javelin system."
Raytheon Company, with 2009 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 88 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 75,000 people worldwide.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 133,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation's 2009 sales from continuing operations were $44 billion.
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