The US Department of State has approved a demand from Georgia to purchase Javelin anti-tank missiles. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has already notified US Congress about the deal.
The Government of Georgia will buy 72 release devices of FGM-148 Javelin and 410 rockets. The the deal likely amounts to 75 million USD, which equals to 201 million GEL.
The deal also involves technical support from the side of the contractor company in operating the anti-tank missiles.
The expenses for purchasing the Javelin missiles are not on the budget of the Ministry of Defence of Georgia.
Raytheon & Lockheed Martin have been producing Javelin since 1996. They have produced 40,000 release mechanisms by now. The weight of a Javelin missile amounts to 23 kilograms, whereas that of rocket is 8.4 kilograms. The throwing distance covers 4.75 kilometers.