The Close Combat Missile System – Medium (CCMS-M) Javelin is a medium-range tactical missile with precision direct-fire effects to defeat armored vehicles as well as personnel and equipment in fortification or in the open. Javelin is highly effective against a variety of targets at extended ranges under day-and-night, battlefield obscurants, adverse weather and multiple countermeasure conditions. The system’s soft-launch feature permits firing from enclosures commonly found in complex urban terrain, while its modular design allows the system to evolve to meet changing threats and requirements via both software and hardware upgrades. The system consists of a reusable command launch unit (CLU) and a modular missile encased in a disposable launch tube assembly. The CLU provides stand-alone, all-weather and day-and-night surveillance capability ideally suited for infantry operations in Afghanistan.
Javelin’s fire-and-forget technology allows the gunner to fire and immediately take cover, move to another fighting position or reload. Javelin provides enhanced lethality through the use of a tandem warhead that defeats all known armor threats and is effective against stationary and moving targets. This system also provides defensive capability against attacking or hovering helicopters. A multipurpose warhead was added into FY 2015 procurement and provides improved lethality against secondary targets. A Lightweight CLU is being developed with the goal of reducing CLU size by 35 percent and weight by 50 percent. The Army is the lead for this Joint program with the Marine Corps.
BENEFIT TO THE WARFIGHTER
Javelin provides the Army, Marine Corps and our allies a man-portable, fire-and-forget missile system that is highly lethal against objects ranging from main battle tanks to fleeting targets of opportunity found in current threat environments.