Romania to enhance land forces capabilities with Javelin missiles

By Defence Industry Europe

The United States Department of State, on December 12, approved Romania's request for the procurement of FGM-148F Javelin anti-tank guided missiles along with the Lightweight Command Launch Unit (LWCLU) modules.


The entire package is estimated to cost up to 80 million USD. Romania aims to acquire 26 LWCLU modules and 263 anti-tank missiles, along with trainers, educational aids, diagnostic equipment, spare parts, and training and logistics support services. Javelin JV, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and RTX, is set to be the primary contractor for this deal.



Romania is executing one of the two ambitious military equipment modernization programs, heavily relying on military hardware purchases from the United States. In recent years, Bucharest has ordered systems such as the RTX Patriot PAC-3 anti-aircraft kits, Lockheed Martin’s M142 HIMARS artillery rocket launchers, and used Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM Fighting Falcons.

Currently, in addition to the Javelin missiles, the Romanian government has also received approval for the purchase of M1 Abrams tanks and has sent a request for F-35A Lightning II fighter jets.


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The FGM-148 Javelin is gradually becoming the standard type of anti-tank missile among NATO states in Central Europe, with Poland, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, and Estonia already utilizing them. Bulgaria has also decided on its purchase, and numerous units have been sent to Ukraine as military aid.



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