16:30 GMT26 October 2020
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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States Army successfully test-fired a Javelin anti-tank missile with a remote-controlled launcher mounted on a driverless robotic truck, Raytheon said in a press release.

    "The demonstrations, conducted at the US Army Redstone Test Center, Alabama, validated the integration of the weapon station, missile and vehicle", the release said.

    Kongsberg developed the remote launcher for a Javelin Joint Venture Team, which includes Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, the release said. The Titan remote-controlled truck, was developed by QinetiQ North America and Milrem Robotics.

    FGM-148 Javelin
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    FGM-148 Javelin

    The Javelin is known as a "fire and forget weapon". Once launched, the missile takes over from the human operator by tracking and destroying a chosen target on its own, within a range of about 4 kilometres, the release said.

    US and coalition forces have used a shoulder-fired version of the Javelin extensively in Afghanistan and Iraq in more than 5,000 engagements, according to the release.

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