Javelin (surface-to-air missile)

A javelin is a heavy spear designed primarily to be thrown, historically as a ranged weapon, but today predominantly for sport. The javelin is almost always thrown by hand, unlike the bow and arrow and slingshot, which shoot projectiles from a mechanism. However, hurling devices do exist to assist the javelin thrower in achieving greater distance.

The word javelin comes from Middle English and it derives from Old French javelin, a diminutive of javelot, which meant spear. The word javelot probably originated from one of the Celtic languages.

Javelin (surface-to-air missile)
Class Missile
Type Surface to Air
Manufacturer Thales Air Defence
Origin United Kingdom - UK (Great Britain)
Country Name Origin Year
United Kingdom - UK (Great Britain) 1993
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
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ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
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Type Manportable surface-to-air missile
Place of origin United Kingdom
Service history
Used by See Operators
Wars Soviet war in Afghanistan
Production history
Manufacturer Thales Air Defence
Weight 11.1 kilograms (24 lb) (Missile)
24.3 kilograms (54 lb) (System)
Length 1.39 metres (4 ft 7 in)
Diameter 76 millimetres (3 in)
Crew 1
Effective firing range 300 to 4,500 metres (980 to 14,760 ft) against jets to 5,500 metres (18,000 ft) against helicopters
Warhead High Explosive warhead
Warhead weight 2.74 kilograms (6.0 lb) (containing 0.6 kilograms (1.3 lb) of HE) with contact andproximity fuzes
Impact force or Proximity Fuze
Engine Solid Fuel Rocket
Speed Mach 1.7+ approx.
SACLOS system

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