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Estonia receives Javelin anti-tank missiles from the US

Javelin anti-tank missile
Illustration: US Army photo of a soldier firing a FGM-148 Javelin during an exercise in Jordan in 2019.

The Estonian defense ministry has taken delivery of another batch of Javelin anti-tank missiles from US defense contractor Raytheon.

According to an announcement from the US embassy in Lithuania, a total of 128 Javelin were delivered.

“The shipment will continue to build upon Estonia’s defensive capabilities and further strengthens our nations’ strategic integration while ensuring interoperability among NATO allies and partners,” the embassy statement read.

It was also noted that the United States provided Estonia with over $100 million in joint defense cooperation over the past few years, while the service members of the two countries take part in over 150 military-to-military engagements each year.

Javelin is an anti-tank guided munition that can be carried and launched by a single person. Made by the Javelin Joint Venture, a partnership between Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, the missile is in service with some 20 countries worldwide in addition to the US Army and Marine Corps.

Branded as the first “fire-and-forget” shoulder-fired anti-armor weapon system, the Javelin has a self-guiding tracking system and a stated range of 2,500 meters.