Norway continues to buy spear missiles despite concerns about the Russian tank threat

The US Defense and Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) recently announced that the State Department has approved the sale of FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missiles to Norway.

This sale, conducted through Foreing Military Sales (FMS), includes the sale of anti-tank missiles from the Raytheon and Lockheed Martin joint venture to the Norwegian Ministry for $ 36 million. Contains 120 spear missiles and two additional Fly to Buy missiles (missiles selected from production batches for live fire demonstrations) and 24 Block 1 fire pits (Command Launch Units or CLU). Usual spare parts, documentation and training package.

According to the DSCA publication, these missiles will increase the security of a NATO ally who will use them to augment and augment its current anti-tank missile inventory. This sale will allow Norway to deploy its armed forces more efficiently in the countryside by supporting its contribution to NATO’s northern flank.

Norway has had this anti-tank missile in use since it received the first 100 launchers and 526 missiles in 2006. The takeover is noteworthy, however, as the Norwegian Ministry of Defense plans to replace the spear with a more powerful missile.

This was announced in 2017 in the document Future Acquisitions for the Norwegian Defense Sector 2017-2025, which allocated between 300 and 350 million Norwegian kroner (between 24 and 42 million dollars to change) for the replacement of the spear missile to maintain the capability of heavy use Combat armored vehicles. There is a need for anti-tank missiles that can penetrate Active Protection Systems (APS).

After the launch of the new generation T-14 Armata main battle tank and its infantry transport versions by the Russian army, the need for modern missiles that can neutralize this family’s active Afghan armored vehicle protection system was aroused. Norway was the first NATO country to announce a takeover of this type, although the slowdown in the arrival of the Armata and their derivatives could justify purchasing fourth generation Javelin missiles until a more modern system is able to provide its active protection system neutralize. (Jos M Navarro Garca)

Photo: The Javelin anti-tank missile, in this case in the hands of the US Army

Armata T-14 (Russian Ministry of Defense)

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