Georgia getting hundreds of U.S. Army Javelin missiles

The United States will transfer hundreds of Javelin anti-tank missiles from existing U.S. Army stockpiles to the country of Georgia.

The State Department has sent a notification to Congress that it approved the $75 million sale of more than 410 of the missiles, which are manufactured by Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, the latter of which is the world’s largest missile manufacturer.

The sale calls for 410 Javelin missiles, along with 72 Javelin command launch units and spares. The deal also calls for 10 basic skills trainers and as many as 70 simulated rounds, U.S. government and contractor assistance, transportation and other related logistics support.

“This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of Georgia,” the announcement states. “The Javelin system will provide Georgia with increased capacity to meet its national defense requirements. Georgia will have no difficulty absorbing this system into its armed forces.”

Georgia fought a brief 5-day war with Russia in 2008 over the Russian-backed states South Ossetia and Abkhazia, where thousands of Russian troops remain. [source]

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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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