The Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) has received the next batch of Javelin anti-tank missiles from the USA on 11 December, said in a press release on the official website of EDF.
The batch of Javelin Block-1 type American man-portable fire-and-forget anti-tank missiles that arrived in Estonia on Monday are faster and more powerful than their predecessors, the Block-0 type missiles previously sent to Estonia, according to an EDF press release.
“Compared to first-generation missiles, Block-1 type missiles have a more advanced motor,” said Maj. Risto Pärtel. “The missile’s software has also been developed and the warhead’s capacity increased, which ensures faster speeds and increased destructiveness of the missile.”
The Block 1 missile upgrade includes an improved rocket motor that reduces time of flight, an enhanced warhead effective against a greater range of targets, 2,500m of improved probability of hit / kills and improvements to the command launch unit and software. In 2008, the improved Block 1 missile full material release was received and the US army has stockpiled the first production lots.
The Javelin is a portable anti-tank weapon, supplied by the Raytheon / Lockheed Martin Javelin joint venture. It is shoulder-fired but can also be installed on tracked, wheeled or amphibious vehicles.