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Raytheon and Lockheed bringing Javelin missile production to India

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The Javelin Joint Venture, a partnership of Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin, has entered into an agreement with India’s Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) to explore co-production of the Javelin anti-tank missile system to fulfill potential future requirements of the Indian defense ministry.

The announcement of the memorandum of understanding follows last year’s inclusion of the Javelin system in the defense technology and trade initiative between India and the US.

Commodore Siddharth Mishra (Retd.), CMD, Bharat Dynamics Limited stated that BDL’s thrust in the coming years will be to continue to invest in infrastructure, automate its production lines, adopt continual process improvement and exports.

“We look forward to working with BDL, a leading guided weapon system manufacturer, to evaluate the possibility of manufacturing Javelin in India,” said David Pantano, Javelin Joint Venture vice president.

Javelin is a one-man-portable and platform-employed anti-tank and multi-target precision weapon system. Using “fire-and-forget” technology capable of defeating targets up to 4 kilometers in most operational conditions, the weapon guides itself to the target without external commands, controls or target designation.

Javelin is currently in service in 18 allied countries. The Javelin Joint Venture has produced more than 45,000 rounds for both US and foreign militaries.