The US State Department has approved a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) sale of Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin Missiles and related equipment to the Thai armed forces. The value of the sale is estimated to be $83.5 million.
Thailand has requested 300 Javelin FGM-148 missiles; and fifty 50 Javelin Command Launch Units (CLU). This acquisition will allow Javelin to replace the Royal Thai Army’s obsolete 106mm recoilless rifles left over from the Vietnam era.
The anti-tank Javelin missile is man-portable and uses infra-red guidance to engage and hit its target.
The Javelin missiles will be supplied through the Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture.
The sale will also include Enhanced Producibility Basic Skills Trainers; missile simulation rounds; Security Assistance Management Directorate (SAMD) Technical Assistance; Tactical Aviation and Ground Munitions (TAGM) Project Office Technical Assistance; contractor lifecycle support; spares manuals; batteries/chargers; gunner training; ammunition officer training; OCONUS Modified Level 2 Maintenance Training; System Inspection and Check Out (SICO); and other related elements of logistical and program support.
by Andrew Drwiega