US Army’s Javelin Launcher Overcomes Software Issue, While Missile Development Remains On Hold

The US Army has successfully resolved a software problem with the Javelin launcher, a shoulder-fired missile system developed by Lockheed Martin and Raytheon’s Javelin Joint Venture. However, the development of a new shoulder-fired missile, the FGM-148G, remains on hold due to ongoing issues.

The Javelin launcher experienced a software fault during follow-on operational testing, resulting in system aborts. This issue was promptly addressed through a software update, and subsequent testing confirmed that the launcher now meets its reliability requirements. The system has demonstrated optimal performance and enhanced capabilities for extended range.

The Army’s Program Executive Office (PEO) for Missiles and Space has confirmed the software fix and plans to continue testing the launcher to ensure its functionality. If the testing proceeds smoothly, the service aims to make a full-rate production decision in the coming months and begin fielding the launchers in mid-FY25.

While the launcher’s software problem has been resolved, the Javelin Joint Venture and the Army are still investigating issues with the new G-model Javelin missile. The G-model missile development encountered a test failure in fiscal 2022, leading to a halt in testing and subsequent reevaluation.

The investigation into the test anomaly is ongoing, and the program schedule will be updated once the root cause of the failure and corrective actions have been identified. The Javelin Joint Venture is actively working with the Army to address test discoveries and develop a course correction plan.

Despite the delay in G-model missile testing, the current Javelin production efforts remain unaffected. In collaboration with the Army, the joint venture aims to increase production from the current rate of 2,400 Javelins per year to 3,960 Javelins per year by late 2026.

While challenges persist in the development of the Javelin system’s new missile, the successful resolution of the launcher’s software problem is a significant step forward. The Army and its industry partners are dedicated to ensuring the reliability and effectiveness of the Javelin system as they work towards enhancing its capabilities for the defense of the United States and its allies.

FAQ:

1. What is the Javelin launcher?
The Javelin launcher is a shoulder-fired missile system developed by Lockheed Martin and Raytheon’s Javelin Joint Venture.

2. What software problem did the Javelin launcher experience?
During follow-on operational testing, the Javelin launcher encountered a software fault that resulted in system aborts.

3. How was the software problem resolved?
The software problem was promptly addressed through a software update, which resolved the issue.

4. Is the launcher now meeting its reliability requirements?
Yes, subsequent testing confirmed that the launcher now meets its reliability requirements and has demonstrated optimal performance and enhanced capabilities for extended range.

5. What is the status of the FGM-148G shoulder-fired missile development?
The development of the FGM-148G missile remains on hold due to ongoing issues. There have been test failures and the program is currently being reevaluated.

6. What are the plans for further testing and production of the Javelin launcher?
The Army’s Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space plans to continue testing the launcher to ensure its functionality. If testing proceeds smoothly, a full-rate production decision is expected in the coming months with the aim to begin fielding the launchers in mid-FY25.

7. What is the current status of Javelin production?
Despite the delay in G-model missile testing, the production of the current Javelin system remains unaffected. The joint venture aims to increase production from the current rate of 2,400 Javelins per year to 3,960 Javelins per year by late 2026.

Definitions:
– Javelin launcher: A shoulder-fired missile system developed by Lockheed Martin and Raytheon’s Javelin Joint Venture.
– FGM-148G: The designation for a new shoulder-fired missile being developed as an addition to the Javelin system.

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